USB Steward

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,972.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-11-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-130-0116
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-130
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
ATC - NY
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101321479
Principal Investigator:
Frank Adelstein
Technical Director
(607) 257-1975
fadelstein@atc-nycorp.com
Business Contact:
Richard Smith
Controller
(607) 257-1975
rick@atc-nycorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices such as thumb drives are commonly used to share information between computers and thus serve as vectors for attacks. For example, unsuspecting military personnel can easily carry malicious software or hardware into secure environments on USB thumb drives. Malicious USB devices present a significant risk to users, but USB and commercial operating systems do not protect against malicious devices. ATC-NY, in collaboration with Architecture Technology Corporation, will develop USB Steward, a USB firewall that drastically reduces the risk presented by malicious USB hardware. USB Steward will be a physical device that separates the host computer and an untrusted USB device, filtering communication between the host and device and enforcing the USB standards. USB Steward combines existing and novel approaches in innovative ways to solve problems not addressed by existing software-based controls while enabling users at secure facilities to use USB devices.

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