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USB Steward

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-11-C-0073
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4583
Amount: $758,724.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-130
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-09-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-09-13
Small Business Information
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500 Suite 500
Ithaca, NY -
United States
DUNS: 101321479
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Donovan
 Principal Scientist
 (607) 257-1975
Business Contact
 Richard Smith
Title: Controller
Phone: (607) 257-1975
Research Institution

Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices such as thumb drives are commonly used to share information between computers. These innocuous-looking devices, however convenient, also serve as vectors for attacks. For example, unsuspecting military personnel can easily carry malicious software or hardware into secure environments via USB thumb drives. Malicious USB devices present a significant risk to users, but USB and commercial operating systems do not protect against malicious devices. ATC-NY is developing USB Steward, a USB firewall that drastically reduces the risk presented by malicious USB hardware. USB Steward is a physical device that separates the host computer from an untrusted USB device, filtering communication between the host and device and enforcing the USB standards. USB Steward combines existing and novel approaches in innovative ways to solve problems not addressed by existing software-based controls, enabling users at secure facilities to use USB devices.

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