Fluxus: Innovative Technology for Secure Cloud Computing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-13-C-0045
Agency Tracking Number: A131-059-0484
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-059
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Modus Operandi, Inc.
709 South Harbor City Blvd., Suite 400, Melbourne, FL, -
DUNS: 130550262
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Heileman
 Scientist
 (321) 473-1420
 mheileman@modusoperandi.com
Business Contact
 Peter Dyson
Title: CEO
Phone: (321) 473-1444
Email: pdyson@modusoperandi.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The Modus Operandi Team proposes to design, develop, and demonstrate innovative technology to detect, prevent, and mitigate security threats at all levels within the cloud computing environment. Within the problem space, our objective is to provide measurable security in the cloud environment that goes well beyond contractual (but unenforceable) trust between the cloud user and the cloud provider. Our desire is to create a security solution which does not rely on detecting specific pieces of known malware, but which can detect features which reveal entire classes of malware without the need of a specific signature. Our proposal addresses detecting malware and, in particular, malware which infiltrates the hypervisor. The proposed technical approach will demonstrate how the Army can leverage cloud-based assets without compromising operational effectiveness. In particular, we leverage a timing noise channel, which allows hosted applications to reason about the environment in which they are executing. This channel can be used to determine if the environment has been compromised, and carry out a limited measure of its trustworthiness. An advantage of our approach is that it does not require administrative access to the underlying hosting platform.

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