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Layered Inference for Cyber Network Knowledge Synthesis (LINKS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0417
Agency Tracking Number: N18A-019-0135
Amount: $124,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N18A-T019
Solicitation Number: 2018.0
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-12-04
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Ruttenberg
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution
 The State University of New York at
 Mr. Stefan Brooks
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
United States

 (518) 437-4550
 Nonprofit College or University

Providing effective cyber defense for the DoD is compounded by the fact there is not a single physical or logical entity that defines cyberspace. In reality, DoD networks are often composed of three disparate but interacting layers: a physical layer that defines the structure of the network (e.g., computers and routers), a logical layer that represents the static or dynamic state of data within the physical layer (e.g., data accesses and modifications), and a human layer that describes the users and their interactions with each other and the other layers (e.g., project teams). Existing cyber defense solutions often only target malicious or anomalous activities within a single layer, and thereby neglect patterns, behaviors, or anomalies that may span multiple layers and indicate malicious behavior. To address this technological gap in cyber defense, Charles River Analytics proposes to design and demonstrate Layered Inference for Cyber Network Knowledge Synthesis (LINKS). This powerful tool uses real-time data to infer a multi-layer event graph and extracts complex normal and anomalous patterns across the layers of cyberspace. Ultimately, LINKS will enable cyber defenders and analysts to visualize and understand the complexity of cyberspace and more effectively respond to cyber threats.

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