Trusted Architecture for Airborne Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-1113
Agency Tracking Number: F103-165-2233
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-165
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
4519 Mustering Drum, Ellicott City, MD, -
DUNS: 868155110
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris Walter
 Principal Investigator
 (410) 418-4353
Business Contact
 Chris Walter
Title: President
Phone: (410) 418-4353
Research Institution
Next generation systems are increasingly network centric and reliant on collaborative data exchanges to perform critical functions. In order for these networked systems to meet their mission objectives and provide decision makers with timely and accurate information the assurance levels and trustworthiness of the systems and the data they provide must be evaluated. These complex entities are often systems-of-systems with layers of complexity and nested capabilities. Assessing the trustworthiness of these systems requires an analysis framework that can represent these complex layered systems at multiples levels of abstraction. We propose a comprehensive analysis framework, supported by model based analysis tools to address the challenge of determining the trustworthiness of complex distributed systems-of-systems. The analysis framework is based on the WWTG EDICT tool suite which is capable of performing architectural analysis for information assurance, reliability and safety system aspects and supports open tool interfaces through the Eclipse platform. Our proposed framework can evaluate trustworthiness at multiple levels of abstraction and across the many system aspects that contribute to trust. BENEFIT: Our proposed approach contains many benefits for the assessment of trustworthiness of airborne networked systems architectures. The trust evaluations are set in an architecture framework that provides traceable and consistent representations of complex systems at multiple levels of abstraction enabling agile analysis and navigation of large systems. The trust metrics are calculated using architectural analysis methods for information assurance, reliability and safety; enabling the full scope of trust to be examined within a single set of integrated analysis tools. Our proposed tool infrastructure is open to integration of component level trust assessment by third part solutions. These low level trust assessments can then be put into a system context and used to assess the trust of the system overall.

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