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Security in Cyber-Physical Networked Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-14-M-0008
Agency Tracking Number: F13A-T05-0192
Amount: $149,973.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF13-AT05
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-10-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-07-23
Small Business Information
5812 Batsford Drive
Dayton, OH -
United States
DUNS: 078478891
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Hughes
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 477-8883
Business Contact
 Jeff Hughes
Title: President
Phone: (937) 477-8883
Research Institution
 Dartmouth College
 Heather A Arnold
Office of Sponsored Projects 11 Rope Ferry Road # 6210
Hanover, NH 03755-1404
United States

 (603) 646-3007
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: This proposal is organized around a system decomposition (break the system down to understand and exploit) then composition (rebuild the system with improved defensive measures) methodology. The first step to understanding a system is gathering all associated documentation. Then based on that insight the system is decomposed by discovering susceptibilities (inherent weaknesses) and access points. The tools/techniques used by the threat to capably exploit the system are also analyzed. The total resulting system vulnerability based on the intersection of susceptibility, threat access, and threat capabilities is then determined. Finally, defensive measures to mitigate these vulnerabilities can be derived from a quantitative security metric analysis. This approach, based on the offerors'experience with system vulnerability analysis, red teaming, and development of threat mitigation technologies, will result in a scalable and cost effective CPS defensive mechanisms while protecting our national interests. BENEFIT: Many DoD cyber-physical systems are being networked into larger TCP/IP networks. If one defines system trustworthiness as consisting of safety, security, and reliability, then having a quantitative diagnostic capability is essential for"trust". The concern about the trustworthiness of our desktop and laptop, and smart phones is increasingly shifting to concern about cyber-physical systems such as DoD's unmanned weapon systems that can have alarming impacts to our physical world if they become unsafe, insecure, or unreliable. Tenet 3, LLC, has been approached by several large DoD firms interested in assessing the more general trustworthiness state of the cyber-physical systems they are developing for the US Government. The DoD Primes desire improved safety, security and reliability for their systems but do not want to add significant additional hardware and/or impact performance. Our approach under this project has the potential to meet that need.

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