Akita: Software Situational Awareness for End-node Authentication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-1365
Agency Tracking Number: O063-I11-1041
Amount: $1,743,220.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-I11
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
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
 Adam Bryant
 Research Engineer
 (256) 325-0010
 adam.bryant@pikewerks.com
Business Contact
 Michael Ring
Title: COO
Phone: (256) 325-0010
Email: michael.ring@pikewerks.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Akita is a software-based situational awareness system that aids in the protection of sensitive applications by using inherent system characteristics to generate unique encryption/decryption keys. Similar to biometrics taken from humans, digital metrics can be used to create a unique fingerprint of a compute system, or network. The fingerprint generated can be used to unlock protected data or applications; eliminating the need to store a static key. The protection is keyed to the environment for which it was generated; therefore an attacker must be capable of recreating the environment to defeat the security. By using a dynamically generated key we are much less likely to fall into the break-once-break-often category that has plagued so many modern DRM solutions. Akita eliminates the need for key-files, key-fobs, or dongles that can be stolen and used to execute pirated copies of otherwise protected software. The result of Phase I was a prototype software solution capable of generating unique keys, binding sensitive applications to a specific state/host. In Phase II this system will be: 1) matured into a commercial product, 2) expanded to include new sensor and penalty capabilities, and 3) be adapted to support a collaborative network framework.

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