AppMon: Application Monitors for Not-Yet-Trusted Software

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0098
Agency Tracking Number: O064-SP2-1007
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-SP2
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ATC - NY
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500, Ithaca, NY, 14850
DUNS: 101321479
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carla Marceau
 Senior Principal Scientist
 (607) 257-1975
 carla@atc-nycorp.com
Business Contact
 Richard Smith
Title: Controller
Phone: (607) 257-1975
Email: rick@atc-nycorp.com
Research Institution
 CORNELL UNIV.
 Daniel Whittaker
 120 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY, 14853
 (607) 255-5337
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Full certification and testing of application programs provides a level of assurance that they will not harm host systems, but it takes a long time. For this reason, software users are often faced with a vexing dilemma: in order to obtain critical new functionality, they must use software that may damage their systems or render it vulnerable to attack. To address this problem, ATC-NY, Cornell University and Architecture Technology Corporation will develop AppMon to provide smart monitors for applications. A smart monitor acts like a security escort at a military installation: if the escorted application attempts a clearly dangerous action, the smart monitor will prevent it. Otherwise, the escort becomes familiar with the application and takes note if the application engages in unusual behavior. Human guards can do this because they are endowed with human intelligence. AppMon smart monitors enforce an interaction policy based on (a) site security policy and (2) the application’s normal use of local resources and interactions with other systems.

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