Improving Software and Data Security in Industrial Control Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,965.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
FA8650-10-M-1883
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
O09B-003-1005
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD09-T003
Small Business Information
Pikewerks Corporation
105 A Church Street, Madison, AL, 35758
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
152119025
Principal Investigator
 Preston Wilson
 Research Engineer
 (256) 325-0010
 preston.wilson@pikewerks.com
Business Contact
 Sandy Ring
Title: Founder & CEO
Phone: (256) 325-0010
Email: sandy.ring@pikewerks.com
Research Institution
 Concurrent Technologies Corporation
 Gregory Gaddy, Ph.D.
 15091 Alabama Highway 20
Suite A
Madison, AL, 35756
 (256) 560-6612
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are critical elements in electrical, water, oil/gas, and manufacturing services involving supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), distributed control systems (DCS), and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). These systems allow operators to monitor sensor data and remotely control field devices. Initially, these devices were designed for closed-network or non-networked environments inside of physically secure facilities. These early systems did not take into account cyber threats such as viruses, worms, Trojans, and system exploitations from buffer overflows, logic errors, network protocols, and denial of service (DOS) attacks. However, ICS have evolved into highly technical distributed systems directly and indirectly connected to the Internet where they are exposed to cyber attacks. Pikewerks proposes to research and develop a system for protecting the software executing on these systems without requiring any changes to the source code.

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