Akita: Software Situational Awareness for End-node Authentication

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$743,227.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-08-C-1365
Award Id:
83026
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-I11-1041
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
105 A Church Street, Madison, AL, 35758
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
152119025
Principal Investigator:
AdamBryant
Research Engineer
(256) 325-0010
adam.bryant@pikewerks.com
Business Contact:
MichaelRing
COO
(256) 325-0010
michael.ring@pikewerks.com
Research Institute:
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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