Software Tools for Information Assured Intelligent Agents (IA)^2

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-C-0111
Agency Tracking Number: N051-066-0357
Amount: $447,916.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-066
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
12152 Windsor Hall Way, Herndon, VA, 20170
DUNS: 949183701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Blenkhorn
 Program Manager
 (703) 236-6993
 Kevin.Blenkhorn@21csi.com
Business Contact
 Stuart Aldridge
Title: VP, DCTO
Phone: (402) 505-7887
Email: stuart@21csi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Software Agents and Agent Systems are making their way from the university research labs to the mainstream industrial and government markets. We are witnessing a revolutionary change in the computing environments as legacy stove-piped systems are giving way to flexible customizable multi-agent systems. However, most of the currently available multi-agent systems do not sufficiently address the requirements and needs of information assurance (IA). Even current research does not fully address some of the hard problems posed by the requirements for availability, integrity, confidentiality, authentication, and non-repudiation. 21st Century Systems, Incorporated (21CSI) is pleased to propose to continue the research and development of tools and methodologies to allow the application of a definable set of information assurance rules to the development and run-time monitoring of software agents. 21CSI’s Information Assurance for Intelligent Agents (IA2) project encompasses: a powerful rules-based static analysis implemented as a plug-in to the Eclipse IDE; a tamper-proof deployment methodology; and the run-time monitoring of agents executing on popular agent platforms. Our primary objective is to create easy-to-use IA tools to encourage adoption by agent developers and system administrators, without sacrificing the power, flexibility, and expressiveness needed for application to a wide range of domains and IA requirements.

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