Situation Awareness and Impact Assessment for Cyber Network Defense

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,946.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8750-07-C-0126
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-084-2777
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF071-084
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
ALTUSYS CORP.
P O Box 245, Plainsboro, NJ, 08536
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
135270473
Principal Investigator:
Lewis Lundy
Chief Technology Officer
(603) 878-4876
lewis@altusystems.com
Business Contact:
John Buford
President
(609) 651-2136
buford@altusystems.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The work proposed under AF071-084 will investigate a new method and technology for solving the problems of situation awareness, cyber impact assessment, and attacker prediction. The new technology is couched in the Situation Management paradigm and is a variation of the case-based reasoning method used for situation assessment, assessment, and prediction. The work will follow the same architectural principles and evaluation methodology outlined in “Realizing Situation Awareness within a Cyber Environment” by Dr. John Salerno’s team at AFRL. Salerno’s paper describes three distinct approaches to Cyber Situational Awareness: (i) multi-entity Bayesian networks, (ii) a combination of finite state machines and hidden Markov models, and (iii) entrophy based on Information Theory. What is lacking in these approaches is an additional level 3 fusion technology that makes up for the problems of false positives, scalability, detection of complex attacks, and adaptability to new types of attacks. Current approaches are not inherently capability of solving these problems, but can be enhanced with level 3 fusion technology to overcome them.

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