Lightweight Virtualization to Detect, React, and Adapt to Cyber Attacks

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$96,156.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-10-M-1770
Agency Tracking Number:
O092-IA3-1152
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ZEPHYR SOFTWARE LLC
2040 Tremont Rd, Charlottesville, VA, 22911
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830972647
Principal Investigator:
Clark Coleman
Research Scientist
(434) 974-1356
clark.coleman@acm.org
Business Contact:
Jack Davidson
Owner
(434) 242-4280
davidsonjw@acm.org
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Many software defenses against reverse engineering, piracy, and tampering rely on disabling the software when such attacks are detected. The proposed research makes innovative use of proces-level software virtualization on a per-application basis to defeat such attacks without disabling the software. The virtualization technology keeps normal operational run time overhead low, invoking more expensive graded responses only after an attack is initially detected and defeated. The graded responses will be powerful enough to cope with determined nation-state attackers possessing powerful attack resources. The defenses can be thought of as a control system, in which sensors detect attacks and actuators provide graded responses to attacks. The architecture of the defensive system is extensible, permitting further research and development to add new sensors for additional attack classes of concern to the defense community (e.g. back doors and implanted Trojan horses).

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