Adaptive Layers Protection for LVC M&S Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-6330
Agency Tracking Number: F121-029-0618
Amount: $149,962.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-029
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Information Technologies Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sonny Hoang
 Sr. Software Engineer
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force need for innovative tools to counter network attacks in a live, virtual, and constructive modeling and simulation (LVC M & S) environment, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Adaptive Layer Protection (ALP) system, consisting of distributed agents that reside at the network gateway; continuously monitor network traffic for potential network attacks; and detain the attackers to protect modeling and simulation functions. All agents collaborate with each other to establish a network security common operational picture (COP) for network administrators. The innovation in a novel distributed agent-based framework, layer protection, and hypothesis reasoning enables ALP to detect attacks with evolving dynamics. Therefore, ALP offers scalable implementation and deployment, timely response to adversarial attacks, low false alarm rates, and high-accuracy attack detection, which directly address Air Force requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of ALP by designing its architecture, developing prototype software, and testing it with a Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS)-compliant LVC environment using both simulated and real data. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a full-scale prototype system and demonstrate its performance and effectiveness in a realistic environment. BENEFIT: The proposed ALP system will protect the DoD"s IT systems and strategic and tactical networks against cyberintrusion and exploitation. Other applications of ALP include protection of information systems of government entities at any level such as those of intelligence operations, the Department of Homeland Security, law enforcement, transportation systems, and other critical agencies. Commercial applications of ALP include protection of critical information infrastructure of financial and health care businesses and scientific agencies, and complex global enterprise networks.

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