ASTER: Active Smart Targets for Effective Response

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: DAAH0103CR118
Agency Tracking Number: 00SB2-0047
Amount: $374,988.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
33 Thornwood Drive, Ithaca, NY, 14850
DUNS: 101321479
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frank Adelstein
 Senior Principal Scientis
 (607) 257-1975
Business Contact
 Richard Smith
Title: Controller
Phone: (607) 257-1975
Research Institution
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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