Cross Platform Digital Rights Management (CP-DRM) System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-09-C-0035
Agency Tracking Number: O072-I02-1019
Amount: $736,605.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD07-I02
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
PIKEWERKS CORP.
105 A Church Street, Madison, AL, 35758
DUNS: 152119025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Irby Thompson
 Research Engineer
 (256) 325-0010
 irby.thompson@pikewerks.com
Business Contact
 Michael Ring
Title: COO/CFO
Phone: (256) 325-0010
Email: michael.ring@pikewerks.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The explosive growth of digital storage, transport, and processing technologies has allowed for enormous advances in the way that information is created, accessed, and disseminated. Thus, sensitive information that used to be kept under physical lock-and-key is now quite often left completely unprotected within general-purpose computer systems. Recent commercial implementations of Digital Rights Management (DRM) software have attempted to provide security measures needed for the protection of sensitive digital information. Unfortunately, most of these have either proven to be too weak for adequate data protection or require a level of operational restrictions that makes them unsuitable for general-purpose use. Pikewerks has spent the past six months developing a prototype Cross-Platform Digital Rights Management (CP- DRM) capability which allows for the transparent protection of both static and dynamic information (such as Office documents, spreadsheets, audio and video files) while also retaining centralized control over the information’s access, modification, distribution, and usage rights. Instead of limiting data protection to static file playback within a limited set of trusted software applications, Pikewerks is creating an extensible, feature-rich, and user-transparent DRM system that works seamlessly with existing applications across several major operating systems.

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