ASTER: Active Smart Targets for Effective Response

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAAH0103CR118
Award Id:
63443
Agency Tracking Number:
00SB2-0047
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
33 Thornwood Drive, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101321479
Principal Investigator:
Frank Adelstein
Senior Principal Scientis
(607) 257-1975
fadelstein@oracorp.com
Business Contact:
Richard Smith
Controller
(607) 257-1975
rick@oracorp.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Sophisticated attacks on computer systems typically proceed in stages. The attacker first probes the target site to discover its vulnerabilities, and then exploits the vulnerabilities. To avoid detection, attacks can be spread out over time or be launchedfrom multiple hosts. An attacker who has gained entry to a network host can use it as a base from which to attack other hosts on the network. Current techniques cannot reliably recognize successive stages of a coordinated attack. ATC-NY proposes to buildASTER (Active Smart Targets for Effective Response), a system to identify attackers by feeding them traceable information during exploratory probes. When attackers use the information in later attack stages, ASTER can correlate the stages and assess theattack. In Phase I, ATC-NY successfully demonstrated the feasibility of ASTER with an initial prototype. In Phase II, ASC-NY will enhance the types of information gathered about attackers by building a pre-production prototype and by a large-scaleevaluation. ASTER technology will also be adapted to address insider attacks and spam recognition.

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