Countermeasures to Covert Access Methods to ReduceAttack Susceptibility and Ensure Trust

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-C-1049
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1017
Amount: $749,913.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-IA2
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
1245 LYONS RD, STE G, Dayton, OH, -
DUNS: 031764616
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jorge Sanchez
 Developer I
 (937) 281-0783
 j.sanchez@edaptive.com
Business Contact
 Praveen Chawla
Title: President
Phone: (937) 281-0790
Email: p.chawla@edaptive.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Sophisticated methods for compromising computer systems have continuously shown their ability to defeat current operating system and network defenses. Processes such as the BIOS, hardware device drivers, and COTS hardware from a non-trusted supply chain have been identified to include malware or Trojan horse applications. These subversive programs provide attackers with gaping holes from which they can pirate software, exfiltrate data, execute processes, alter critical information, or control network end-nodes. The biggest problem with many attacks of this magnitude is that they lie in areas of the computer system which are not easily accessible through software-only approaches. As such, the goal of our proposed technology is to provide protection at the hardware level through a combination of software and hardware systems that will monitor low-level access to critical system devices including hard disks, memory, and peripherals.

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