Embedded Class Secure Processor

Embedded Class Secure Processor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018829
Agency Tracking Number: 236973
Amount: $149,980.59
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: 12b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001771
Small Business Information
199 N Capitol Blvd, Suite 304, Boise, ID, 83702-5964
DUNS: 079422616
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dale Reese
 (208) 596-2248
 dale@idahoscientific.com
Business Contact
 Dale Reese
Phone: (208) 596-2248
Email: dale@idahoscientific.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A recent report from the Defense Science Board on cyber deterrence states that we have only seen the “virtual tip of the cyberattack iceberg.” This report warns that for at least the next 5-10 years, other nations will have offensive cyber capabilities that “far exceed the United States’ ability to defend and adequately strengthen the resilience of its critical infrastructures” and will use cyber to hold U.S. critical infrastructure at risk by targeting of inherently vulnerable industrial control systems (ICS).” Recent cyber-attacks including STUXNET [3], Ukraine power grid [4], Israel power grid [5], and the Kemuri Water Company [6] hacks have shown that cyber equipped adversaries are actively targeting industrial control infrastructure to achieve their goals. The current approach in critical infrastructure security is insufficient to address nation state adversaries. The industry is focused on perimeter defense, firewalls, and anti-virus solutions found in enterprise information technology (IT) techniques. Most of which are at best “Band-Aids” and do not address the vulnerable mechanisms in computer hardware and software. In this Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) effort, the proposer will research, develop, and demonstrate a novel secure processor architecture designed to address the inherent vulnerabilities in modern computer processors. This project will break the trend in playing cat and mouse with response based cyber security tactics.

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