Countermeasures to Covert Access Methods to Reduce Attack Susceptibility and Ensure Trust

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-1762
Agency Tracking Number: O092-IA2-1039
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-IA2
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
1207 Cole Rd., Orlando, FL, 32803
DUNS: 828284856
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sherri Sparks
 (407) 896-7010
Business Contact
 Sherri Sparks
Title: President
Phone: (407) 896-7010
Research Institution
The primary objective of this project is to develop software and data protection technologies that provide countermeasures to sophisticated covert access methods on critical end node computer systems. We believe that machine learning algorithms can be applied to low level data streams in order to detect and prevent sophisticated, covert attacks against such systems. Machine learning algorithms have been successfully applied to the problem of network based intrusion detection, however, little research has been done toward applying them to other types of intrusive behavior that manifests in lower level non network based data streams. Furthermore, we believe that our approach has the potential to significantly advance the current state of technology for detecting sophisticated covert or intrusive system behavior. Anticipated benefits include a rational method of dealing with the false positive problem that has plagued many prior heuristic detection methods and the development of a generic detection platform applicable to both Operating System Dependent attacks like kernel rootkits and more sophisticated Operating System Independent attacks like SMM / BIOS rootkits. The end goal of this effort will be a unified framework capable of detecting both types of attack.

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