Entropy-Trust-Homology Operational Security (ETHOS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-1440
Agency Tracking Number:
O081-IA4-1253
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, INC.
1408 University Drive East, College Station, TX, 77840
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
555403328
Principal Investigator:
Ricardo Yepez
Senior Systems Analyst
(979) 260-5274
ryepez@kbsi.com
Business Contact:
Donielle Mayer
Business Operations Manager
(979) 260-5274
dmayer@kbsi.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Secure and semi-secure distributed networks rely on static security protocols and certificate authorities to attempt to assure trust between network participants. Trust is based on what others initially think of the participant and not on what the participant actually says or does. Trust should be based not only on initial impressions but also on subsequent participation in the network. KBSI proposes an Entropy-Trust-Homology Operational Security (ETHOS) method of securing trust based on the information that is exchanged between the different edges of the communication network. Trust entropy metrics would be developed based on the pattern of information entropy flow between edges and on usage behavior. The metrics would be updated by a hardware device residing at each edge. The hardware device would use graph-based data mining techniques to update the metrics and autonomically collaborate with other edges in a distributed manner. The distributed collaboration would result in a secure, verifiable network where trust is based on what the edges do rather than solely on who the edges say the are.

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