Effective Cyber Situation Awareness (CSA) Assessment and Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: W911NF-14-C-0084
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1469
Amount: $749,952.72
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD12-T08
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-06-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-07-06
Small Business Information
7565 E Eagle Crest Drive SUITE 101, MESA, AZ, 85207
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Shope
 (480) 988-1000
 sshope@sandiaresearch.com
Business Contact
 Steven Shope
Title: Dr.
Phone: (480) 988-1000
Email: sshope@sandiaresearch.com
Research Institution
 Arizona State University
 Tanya Dalton
 Office Res. and Sponsored Proj
PO Box 876011
Tempe, AZ, 85287-6011
 (480) 965-9875
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The recent increase in cyber attacks against United States critical assets has greatly expanded the need for effective cyber defenses. Human cyber analysts are an essential element in these efforts. Information overload and a concomitant lack of comprehensive cyber situation awareness are common problems that hamper the effectiveness of analysis. Systems that can carry out human-in-the-loop simulation of the cyber analysis task will lead to new capabilities in assessing the effectiveness of analysts and the support tools they use and will help enhance individual and team performance. This proposed Phase II effort will create a new capability for assessing cyber team effectiveness, cyber support tools, cyber training regimes, and the integration of multiple-component systems with human operators. We will develop a enterprise-level test-bed that provides a simulation environment for the cyber analysis task and that is equipped with measures of individual, team, and system effectiveness to allow for the assessment of cyber support tools and visualizations, cyber training regimes, and cyber concepts of operation. The effectiveness metrics embedded within the simulation system can provide real and meaningful measurement of analyst performance, can aid in selecting support tools, will optimize the use of human capital, and will provide better training protocols.

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