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Network Traffic Analysis for Cybersecurity for Navy Industrial Control Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0125
Agency Tracking Number: N181-035-0027
Amount: $1,498,284.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-035
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-10-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-04-13
Small Business Information
1372 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
United States
DUNS: 080463175
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Formby
 (803) 645-0829
Business Contact
 David Formby
Phone: (803) 645-0829
Research Institution

Industrial control systems (ICS) are the nervous systems of modern day ships, controlling the engines, power generation and distribution, ballasts, and other key systems. Unfortunately these ICS networks are all too often insecure by design and completely ignored by network monitoring and intrusion detection systems. Current ICS network security products offer little more than basic monitoring and shallow intrusion detection, failing to detect skilled nation-state level adversaries or provide any real day-to-day value for operations. The proposed project will address this unmet need by building an ICS network monitoring solution anchored around two patent-pending advanced intrusion detection techniques and supported by new passive machine learning techniques. The first technology fingerprints actuators based on their physical operation time, helping to detect false data injection and equipment malfunctions. The second technology monitors controller program execution time for anomalies and alerts when the programming has been altered. And finally, the new machine learning techniques will combine aspects of both cyber and physical behavior of ICS network nodes and alert on anomalous behavior. A basic prototype will be evaluated on a mock-up testbed of a Navy ship's engine cooling system to prove feasibility and enable accurate design specifications for future development.

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