VMCIS: A Cognitive Immune System for Virtual Machine-based Mission Critical Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1023
Agency Tracking Number: O123-IA2-4003
Amount: $149,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD12-IA2
Solicitation Number: 2012.3
Small Business Information
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500, Ithaca, NY, -
DUNS: 101321479
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hajime Inoue
 Principal Scientist
 (607) 257-1975
Business Contact
 Richard Smith
Title: Controller
Phone: (607) 257-1975
Email: rsmith@atcorp.com
Research Institution
Cyber systems remain susceptible to attack and compromise despite the best security efforts. There are two growing trends in the research community to address this: a paradigm of prioritizing missions over individual network resources, and a push for resilient systems capable of fighting through cyber attacks. ATC-NY will develop VMCIS, the Virtual Machine Cognitive Immune System, which combines both approaches. VMCIS constantly monitors systems at many execution levels and automatically takes corrective actions when necessary. VMCIS reasons about system state using a probabilistic, hierarchical logic engine that is built around a model of mission-success. It directs corrective actions using a System Controller that can manipulate both the hypervisor to checkpoint, rollback, and migrate VMs, and the operating system to install, remove, restart, or kill applications. VMCIS also provides APIs so developers can add customized instrumentation and remediation actions.

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