SecureVisor: Efficiently Protect Weapon Systems against Cyber Threats

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-13-C-0009
Agency Tracking Number: F112-029-1812
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-029
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tao Jiang
 Research Scientist
 (301) 294-5234
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts&Pro
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Current cyber threats analysis and detection techniques based on intrusion prevention/detection, anti-virus and spam filters often offer unsatisfactory security properties. They cannot detect new attacks, have high false negative rate and often identify attacks after they have happened. We propose a light-weight whitelist-based cyber threat detection and prevention framework for Weapon Systems, called SecureVisor. SecureVisor is composed of three major components: 1) a whitelisting tool to identify allowed safe programs; 2) a security enhanced hypervisor; and 3) Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to provide the root of trust. In all, the proposed SecureVisor is a combined hardware-software security solution to detect and prevent cyber threats to Weapon Systems. Our solution will not only provide high level of security, but also minimizes impacts on the platform in terms of power, processing cycles and operation performance. BENEFIT: We anticipate that by the end of our Phase II effort we will have matured the SecureVisor sufficiently and we will be able to demonstrate its functions to evaluate the near real-world use on multiple platforms. Our proposed techniques in threat detection and prevention can also be applied in a wide range of application scenarios. Essentially any kind of computer systems can potentially benefit from our technology. As the world becomes more and more digitalized and connected and protecting cyber assets becomes more critical, the proposed solution has tremendous application potential for military systems as well as commercial sector.

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