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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: F17B-004-0005
Amount: $746,293.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17B-T004
Solicitation Number: 17.B
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 Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401
United States
DUNS: 103477993
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Thomsen
 Principal Researcher
 (612) 789-0559
 dthomsen@sift.net
Business Contact
 Harry B. Funk
Phone: (612) 578-7438
Email: hfunk@SIFT.net
Research Institution
 Purdue University Department of Computer Science
 Professor Elisa Bertino Professor Elisa Bertino
 
305 N. University Street,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States

 (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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