SBIR Phase I: SpiderWeb - Self-Healing Networks for Spyware Detection

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0638170
Agency Tracking Number: 0638170
Amount: $98,058.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: IT
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
1200 John Q Hammons Dr, 5th Floor, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 621641252
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hao Wang
 (608) 833-2610
Business Contact
 Hao Wang
Title: DSc
Phone: (608) 833-2610
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project aims to design and develop a novel solution that addresses the spyware problem; one of the fastest growing security threats today. To address the growing spyware epidemic, this effort proposes a solution that can: (1) detect previously unseen spyware, and (2) automatically generate signatures for a newly detected spyware so that all other computers within a same network (e.g., a corporate network) can automatically gain protection from the new spyware. Two key challenges that must be addressed include: how to efficiently detect spyware behavior, and how to automatically generate succinct spyware signatures and propagate the information to other computers. Recent studies have suggested that the anti-spyware market is expected to expand from $12 million in 2003 to more than $300 million in 2008 with significant growth potential in the future. As part of the commercialization strategy, this effort plans to leverage the capability of the proposed system with two existing open-source based products: ClamAV and Snort.

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