Software Protection to Deter Malicious Forensic Data Collection and Exploitation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-1363
Agency Tracking Number: O063-IA9-1258
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-IA9
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
GRAMMATECH, INC.
317 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850
DUNS: 603978321
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Colin Van Dyke
 Sr. Scientist
 (607) 273-7340
 colin@grammatech.com
Business Contact
 Ray Teitelbaum
Title: CEO and Chairman
Phone: (607) 273-7340
Email: tt@grammatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Global networks bring both new power and new risks. Mission-critical applications are increasingly spread over national or global networks to enable information gathering and sharing on an unprecedented scale. While this large-scale information sharing promises new efficiencies, each endpoint in a network represents a new point of attack. Sensitive applications running on a network must cope with the possibility that some endpoints have been compromised and are gathering forensic data for malicious ends. We propose a combination of technologies and techniques for protecting sensitive software from malicious forensic data collection. Our approach incorporates the following ideas: Offloading portions of the code to reconfigurable hardware; disguising sensitive applications as benign; using covert channels to communicate with relocated code; and providing artifacts that demonstrate the correctness of the protection.

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