Lowest-Cost Attack Path (L-CAP)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-C-8016
Agency Tracking Number: O043-SP1-1041
Amount: $98,315.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD04-SP1
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
9971 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Nahas
 R&D Engineer
 (952) 829-5864
 mnahas@atcorp.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thurber
Title: President
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Email: kthurber@atcorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Architecture Technology Corporation (ATC) proposes an attack model based on attack paths. An attack path is any sequence of steps in an attack tree that will lead to a successful attack. The model then computes the safety of the program as the minimum cost attack path, "the path of least resistance". That is, the attack path where every other attack path would be more expensive. As part of previous research, ATC has already created a low-fidelity software-protection model that was based on attack paths. That model's purpose was to help guide selection of obfuscating transforms. That model was designed to be very fast to compute and does not produce especially accurate results. For this research, ATC is proposing to use that experience to build a higher fidelity (and more time consuming) model.

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