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Real-Time Passive Authentication for Contact Centers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT19C00000058
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-17-R-00010-H-SB017.1-003-0001-II2
Amount: $999,969.71
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB017.1-003
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-17-R-00010
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-29
Small Business Information
7700 Windrose Ave Suite G300
Plano, TX 75024-0173
United States
DUNS: 080261715
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Milind Borkar
 (972) 567-2027
Business Contact
 Milind Borkar
Title: CEO
Phone: (972) 567-2027
Research Institution

Vulnerabilities in telecommunications channels are being exploited at alarming rates by malicious attackers to commit fraud, perpetrate scams, and organize data breaches. In addition to financial losses incurred by corporations and taxpayers, attacks against government agencies such as the DHS can severely compromise national security. A common element of these attacks is the attacker's ability to leverage weaknesses in authentication capabilities of modern telephony systems and to deceptively assume a trusted identity. With the simplicity of caller ID spoofing and the growth of VoIP calling, attackers can spoof any desired caller ID, change their caller ID for every call, and place millions of VoIP calls around the world simultaneously, all while enjoying the protection of being nearly untraceable. The focus of this project is to address this problem for government agencies and financial institutions by developing a real-time passive authentication solution for call centers. The solution, Illuma Shield, will leverage advanced audio signal processing and machine learning techniques to passively authenticate inbound callers and to identify fraudsters. Real-time feedback will be provided to customer service representatives and management teams. The end goal is a portable and ready to deploy solution that leverages a unique privacy preserving implementation satisfying stringent security requirements of government and financial services call centers. The solution is expected to find broad use across government agencies and financial services institutions to protect against the growing incidence of fraud, scams, and data breach attacks.

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