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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$447,916.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-07-C-0111
Award Id:
75201
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-066-0357
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
21ST CENTURY SYSTEMS, INC. (Currently 21st Century Systems, Incorporated)
12152 Windsor Hall Way, Herndon, VA, 20170
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
949183701
Principal Investigator:
Kevin Blenkhorn
Program Manager
(703) 236-6993
Kevin.Blenkhorn@21csi.com
Business Contact:
Stuart Aldridge
VP, DCTO
(402) 505-7887
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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