Entropy-Trust-Homology Operational Security (ETHOS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-1440
Agency Tracking Number: O081-IA4-1253
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-IA4
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
1408 University Drive East, College Station, TX, 77840
DUNS: 555403328
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ricardo Yepez
 Senior Systems Analyst
 (979) 260-5274
Business Contact
 Donielle Mayer
Title: Business Operations Manager
Phone: (979) 260-5274
Email: dmayer@kbsi.com
Research Institution
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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