SCADA Hawk - An Integrated Anti-Tamper Technology

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award Year:
Phase I
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Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 09T003
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Small Business Information
Technical Support Inc.
11253 John Galt Blvd., Omaha, NE, 68137
Hubzone Owned:
Minority Owned:
Woman Owned:
Principal Investigator:
William Sousan
Senior Software Engineer
(402) 331-4977
Business Contact:
Jim Spitzenberger
Chief Operating Officer
(402) 331-4977
Research Institution:
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Mary Laura Farnham
6001 Dodge Street, EAB 203
Omaha, NE, 68182
(402) 554-2286
Nonprofit college or university
Our proposal is to develop SCADA Hawk: an integrated anti-tamper technology that uses a hardware-software combined methodology for the observational monitoring of existing systems with selective reaction capabilities. By enabling detailed monitoring capabilities our goal is to isolate anomalies in system behavior and take preventive measures. While profiling of normal behavior on traditional IT systems might be infeasible, the repetitive and predictable nature of SCADA system operation lends itself nicely to the technique. The monitoring will eventually be accomplished by the creation of various "instrumentation modules" whose job is to examine such items as network traffic, commands being delivered by the SCADA system, and so forth. We plan on utilizing two kinds of modular constructs: 1. Software Instrumentation, named (COLLECTORs) that actively collects and reports any transitions in the operational states of the SCADA system and prevents tampering by blocking unauthorized or unexpected instruction sequences. 2. Firmware-based Behavior Monitoring modules, named (AGENTs) that continuously verifies in real-time that the operational states collected by the COLLECTOR match the expected operational profile for the monitored software application. Anomalies are reported to a central station as well as preventive steps (if known) are conveyed back to the COLLECTOR to engage in tamper-prevention steps.

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