SharkIDS: A High Performance Self-Healing Protection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-11-C-A636
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4567
Amount: $728,736.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-013
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
105 A Church Street, Madison, AL, -
DUNS: 152119025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nate Cantelmo
 Research Engineer
 (256) 325-0010
 nate.cantelmo@pikewerks.com
Business Contact
 Sandy Ring
Title: President and Founder
Phone: (256) 325-0010
Email: sandy.ring@pikewerks.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
With the ongoing involvement of computers in all facets of modern society, both private and public organizations increasingly rely on computer networks to support key portions of their critical infrastructure. Consequently, those networks contain increasingly more sensitive information, making them prime targets for would-be attackers. The goal of a typical intrusion detection system (IDS) is to protect such a network by identifying attempted attacks, alerting administrators of malicious behavior, and defending against known exploits where possible. If a previously unknown exploit is detected, it is often left to the network administrator to manually thwart the attack and protect any uncompromised nodes. Unfortunately, this task can often be tedious and intractable as it may require a deep understanding of the exploited vulnerability and how to correct the underlying system. Pikewerks proposes a high-performance solution capable of detecting and adapting to this increased level of threat. This proposed system will advance state-of-the-art IDS research by functioning as a fully-automated, instruction-level, host-based intrusion detection and prevention system designed to support self-healing, self-hardening network architectures against zero-day exploits.

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