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USB Steward

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-11-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: A102-130-0116
Amount: $69,972.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-130
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-11-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-05-04
Small Business Information
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States
DUNS: 101321479
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Frank Adelstein
 Technical Director
 (607) 257-1975
Business Contact
 Richard Smith
Title: Controller
Phone: (607) 257-1975
Research Institution

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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