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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-C-6123
Agency Tracking Number: F083-028-0132
Amount: $747,594.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-028
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-04-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-05-21
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
 Steve Brueckner
 Senior Principal Scientis
 (607) 257-1975
Business Contact
 Richard Smith
Title: Controller
Phone: (607) 257-1975
Research Institution

The military, government, and commercial enterprises are all vulnerable to the crime of cyber attack. Digital forensics is the science of investigating digital devices, transmissions, and storage media to acquire and analyze evidence related to an incident or crime with the goal of providing solid information to assist decision makers in an organization, military, or legal context. The discipline is essential in addressing rising cyber crime rates, and acting as a deterrent to insider threats by providing attribution. There is need for advanced training capabilities to help students rapidly acquire the specialized skills needed to perform digital forensics investigations. Didactic instruction, abstract visualization, and simulation exercises are three powerful pedagogic techniques for knowledge transfer. ATC-NY will combine these three technologies to create Alcuin, an automated, online system for training rapid digital forensics. Alcuin will deliver remote learning content by seamlessly integrating both declarative and procedural teaching methods. ATC-NY has assembled a team of leading forensics, visualization, simulation, and learning experts to develop Alcuin based on the successful proof of concept demonstrated in Phase I. Alcuin’s unique capabilities will greatly advance the state of the art in e-learning solutions. BENEFIT: Alcuin’s incorporation of multiple learning strategies will improve skill acquisition and retention. Its online availability and automated evaluation capabilities will allow for anytime, anywhere training, greatly reducing training costs and instructor workload. Currently there is no comparable solution available at any price. The market for cyber training is rapidly expanding in all sectors due to the inability to maintain a sufficiently large, qualified work force capable of responding to the increasing rates of cyber attack.

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