Automatic Compilation of Firewall and Intrusion Detection Rules for High-Speed Network Processing Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER84062
Agency Tracking Number: 75500S04-I
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 10 a
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0072
Small Business Information
632 Broadway, Suite 803, New York, NY, 10012
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Mackenzie
 (212) 780-0527
Business Contact
 Richard Lethin
Title: Dr.
Phone: (212) 780-0527
Research Institution
75500S As networks move to 10 Gbps and beyond (including scientific networks within the Department of Energy) the need arises for high-speed security solutions capable of defending these networks from cyberattacks. The current market supplies no solutions that operate at these speeds. To address this problem, this project will develop a toolchain for automatically rendering signatures from an intrusion detection system (IDS) into high-speed signature detection engines that run on network processors. Phase I demonstrated the feasbility of applying mapping technology to the problem of rendering intrusion detection rulesets onto network processors. A technique was identified for selecting the signature from the space of possible problem framings at compilation-time. Phase II will develop a prototype toolchain for rendering IDS signatures into high-speed signature detection engines that run on network processors. The toolchain, which will target 10 Gbps on next-generation network processors and will be fully automatic, will be validated and verified. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The high-speed signature-detection technology should find use in multiple network applications, especially intrusion detection, spam detection, and deep-inspection firewalls. Because the system will run on network processors rather than fixed-function hardware, the product will have advantages in time-to-market, time-in-market, and price-performance.

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