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Human-Centric Training and Assessment System for Cyber Situational Awareness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: W911NF-14-C-0140
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1468
Amount: $399,908.33
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD12-T08
Solicitation Number: 2012.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-07
Small Business Information
600 Corporate Pointe #1200, Culver City, CA, 90230
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Conners
 (424) 603-6372
 bconners@scalable-networks.com
Business Contact
 Brian Conners
Title: Dr.
Phone: (310) 338-3318
Email: bconners@scalable-networks.com
Research Institution
 University of Delaware
 Dawn Jory
 210 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE, 19716
 (302) 831-2629
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of the proposed work is to develop a human-centric training and assessment system for cyber situation awareness. The envisioned system will enable instructors to define training goals, design lesson plans, assign students roles in teams, and observe students performance, record events and interactions for scoring. The instructor/students can place tags (time or event) to roll back or replay an exercise. The proposed solution uses the Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) framework which facilitates scalable, programmable and realistic training and assessment for cyber situation awareness. An LVC framework provides a real-time, hardware-in-the-loop capability for simulation of cyber threats to the entire infrastructure where the impacts of cyber attacks can be tested on actual systems. This framework will leverage techniques in cognitive task analysis and assessment, network (protocol) modeling, attack models, attack graph visualization, and human-computer interaction to build a training system. For this work, Scalable Network will collaborate with the University of Delaware to form a strong partnership and leverage an NSF funded Regional Cyber-security Education Initiative project at the University. The developed simulation and analysis models will be used as a tool for training cyber analysts.

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