GRASP: Global Recognition of Attacker Signatures and Policy Response

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$98,644.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-10-M-1757
Agency Tracking Number:
O092-IA1-1060
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD09-IA1
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b
211 N 1st St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN, 55401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
103477993
Principal Investigator:
Dan Thomsen
Senior Research Scientist
(612) 789-0559
dthomsen@sift.info
Business Contact:
Harry Funk
Vice President of Research and Deve
(612) 578-7438
hfunk@sift.info
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
GRASP integrates three innovative new technologies: application intrusion detection, proactive deception of attackers, and application intrusion response into technology to collect intelligence on the humans behind cyber attacks and adapt the mandatory operating system policy to prevent the intrusion in the future. Once detected, intruders are silently redirected to the secure GRASP Deception Shell, a software decoy. The Deception Shell presents varying sequences of stimuli. The attackers responses reveal information about the human behind the attack, such as what languages they speak, their cultural knowledge, and their attack skills and resources. Using data mining techniques these attacker metrics create attacker signatures that identify or partially identify the attacker. In response to the intrusion GRASP also adapts the low-level security policy to prevent the intrusion in the future, by monitoring and adapting resource accesses. Safety mechanisms are in place to ensure the evolving security policy does not impact legitimate users conducting mission critical tasks. Together the GRASP components provide intelligence and security currently unavailable to critical applications.

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