Embedded Capability-Based Operating Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,839.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0034
Award Id:
74307
Agency Tracking Number:
05SB2-0158
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Finn Court, Farmingdale, NY, 11735
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
181423752
Principal Investigator:
GodfreyVassallo
Chief Technology Officer
(631) 424-3935
gvassallo@afcosystems.com
Business Contact:
MichaelMallia
President
(631) 249-9441
mmalia@afcosystems.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Commercial and Military embedded systems are lacking security properties as demonstrated by the increase in system failures and service disruptions. These breaches are caused by the inability of the operating system to recognize and/or prevent intrusion by unauthorized agents. A family of reliable operating systems (EROS) has been developed and has been recognized by DARPA as a way of solving these problems. The study identifies key tasks involved in accomplishing the OS port and evaluates its probability of success. A major innovation introduced by the ASD team is the use of a bootstrap architecture that guarantees the integrity of the system while adding another layer of security. As part of its commercialization plan, ASD has already interested one of its customers in enhancing the security capability of their sensor network. AFCO Systems Development (ASD) will provide convincing evidence that EROS can be ported to an embedded computer. The EROS family of systems was selected for this purpose because of their capability-based properties and acceptance by DARPA. The team assembled to accomplish this effort is eminently qualified because of its intimate knowledge of EROS, its derivatives, their experience in designing embedded systems, and their innovative approach.

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