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Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-18-C-0217
Agency Tracking Number: F16A-T10-0159
Amount: $749,911.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF16-AT10
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-11-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-17
Small Business Information
5980 Venture Drive, Suite 1B
Dublin, OH 43017
United States
DUNS: 783167013
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Morse
 (571) 252-7896
Business Contact
 Kenneth Parker
Phone: (703) 727-3203
Research Institution
 Yale University
 Kelly Snyder
Office of Sponsored Projects P.O. Box 208327
New Haven, CT 06520
United States

 (203) 432-4203
 Nonprofit College or University

A market study of cybersecurity of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Phase I of this effort shows that the rapidly escalating weaponization of IoT devices will continue to be a problem for complex technical, economic, and political reasons. The IoT phenomenon has yielded a vulnerability with asymmetric cost-benefit in favor of the adversary, and this in turn has created the potential for strategic surprise to the USAF and DoD. The military response must include enhancing the security and resilience of its systems of systems, not only in the core but also in the device edge. In particular, the study shows that there is a pressing gap in technologies to secure edge devices, especially the lower end ones. These devices must not only be trustworthy but must also abandon the magical Maginot Line assumption and instead provide verifiability and recoverability in the face of device compromise. In addition, support for securing legacy apps on edge devices has become a practical necessity. Phase II proposes to leverage the advances security and reconfigurability capabilities of the emerging class of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) system-on-chip (SoC) to realize low-cost, low-power FPGA-SoC based security Intellectual property core that is suitable can be customized.

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