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GUARD: General Utility for Assessing Risk of Disclosure

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-14-C-0051
Agency Tracking Number: F13A-T14-0093
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF13-AT14
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-10-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-07-21
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street Suite 1400
Woburn, MA -
United States
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Riordan
 Research Engineer
 (937) 490-8003
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Research Institution
 Universityof Massachussetts Amherst
 Rachel Lavery
Computer Science Building 140 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-4032
United States

 (413) 545-3067
 Nonprofit college or university

ABSTRACT: Information is a national asset that must be protected. To make effective use of this asset, information sharing is critical between government agencies, with foreign government partners, and with the private sector. At the same time, in practice, balancing information sharing and information protection can be difficult. Tools are needed to address many challenges, including managing multiple, diverse criteria for sensitivity, assessing the sensitivity of information in context, and efficiently processing big data. GUARD (General Utility for Assessing Risk of Disclosure) is an integrated package of components that automatically assess disclosure risk. It combines a state-of-the-art probabilistic framework for risk assessment with advanced capabilities for unstructured information processing that leverage both document content and contextual and background information. GUARD"s disclosure risk assessment capability will facilitate the core tasks in information sharing, including classifying the sensitivity of information objects and deciding whether to share that information. BENEFIT: GUARD is designed to address the greatest challenges in information sharing. GUARD"s principal benefit is in enhancing human understanding of the complex information landscape, informing human judgment in sharing and safeguarding decisions. GUARD facilitates the rapid adjudication of documents at a large scale, reducing the need for manual review. GUARD reasons over the available data and over the knowledge of adversaries, tying together information beyond the capacity of human judges. It adapts notions of sensitivity for different domains, making it easily applicable to many information scenarios. GUARD"s flexible disclosure framework broadly applies to informing sharing in many applications, including enterprise data management and health record technology.

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