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Improving Software and Data Security in Industrial Control Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-1883
Agency Tracking Number: O09B-003-1005
Amount: $99,965.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-T003
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-03-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-12-12
Small Business Information
105 A Church Street
Madison, AL 35758
United States
DUNS: 152119025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Preston Wilson
 Research Engineer
 (256) 325-0010
Business Contact
 Sandy Ring
Title: Founder & CEO
Phone: (256) 325-0010
Research Institution
 Concurrent Technologies Corporation
 Gregory Gaddy, Ph.D.
15091 Alabama Highway 20 Suite A
Madison, AL 35756
United States

 (256) 560-6612
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are critical elements in electrical, water, oil/gas, and manufacturing services involving supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), distributed control systems (DCS), and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). These systems allow operators to monitor sensor data and remotely control field devices. Initially, these devices were designed for closed-network or non-networked environments inside of physically secure facilities. These early systems did not take into account cyber threats such as viruses, worms, Trojans, and system exploitations from buffer overflows, logic errors, network protocols, and denial of service (DOS) attacks. However, ICS have evolved into highly technical distributed systems directly and indirectly connected to the Internet where they are exposed to cyber attacks. Pikewerks proposes to research and develop a system for protecting the software executing on these systems without requiring any changes to the source code.

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