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NEUTRON: Network Enforcement Using TRansctiONs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-19-C-0082
Agency Tracking Number: F2-10413
Amount: $746,293.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17B-T004
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-15
Small Business Information
319 1st Ave North, Minneapolis, MN, 55401
DUNS: 103477993
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Thomsen
 (612) 789-0559
 dthomsen@sift.net
Business Contact
 Linda Holje
Phone: (612) 226-5061
Email: lholje@sift.net
Research Institution
 Purdue University Department of Computer Science
 Professor Elisa Bertino
 305 N. University Street,
West Lafayette, IN, 47907
 (765) 496-2399
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
SIFT proposes Network Enforcement Using TRansactONs (NEUTRON) a dynamic fine-grained network enforcement policy design that captures network dependencies.NEUTRON closes the knowledge gap between mission needs and observed network traffic to increase mission network awareness. Then using that knowledge develops a revolutionary security enforcement policy based on network transactions.It reduces the attack surface of the network, by enforcing a least privilege policy in time.Only when a mission transaction requires network permissions are the network permissions active.NEUTRON also supports user-driven security policies to allow users to respond to unique tactical situations by temporarily changing the policy on their own authority. User-driven policies ensure that the added security NEUTRON provides does not come at the cost of reducing the tactical flexibility of network to the warfighter.NEUTRON includes novel research into a new kind of network enforcement policy and practical approaches to make the new technology easy to adopt by legacy enclaves.

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