NORTH CHELMSFORD, Ma. - Oct. 1, 2003 - Skaion has received an award under ARDA BAA 03-03-FH, "Information Assurance for the US Intelligence Community" (IAIC). By the conclusion of the IAIC effort (September 2005), Skaion will have assisted in the creation of multiple simulations of cyberattacks against notional Intelligence Community networks.
The U.S. Intelligence Community relies on information technology components running the gamut from commercial and government "off-the-shelf" (COTS and GOTS) applications, to custom implementations, and collectively defining a complex infrastructure difficult to fully comprehend, much less protect against motivated and well-funded adversaries. The ARDA information assurance programs are intended to foster innovative research on the protection of highly-sensitive assets such as the IC's own networks and systems. Skaion's role in the program is to support other ARDA-funded principal investigators, through providing an understanding and simulation of the IC network environment, suitable to help define and test their own technologies.
About the Intelligence Community's Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA)
ARDA's mission is to sponsor high-risk high-payoff research designed to leverage leading edge technology in the solution of some of the most critical problems facing the U.S. Intelligence Community. As such, ARDA's purpose is to incubate revolutionary research for the shared benefit of the IC by originating and managing R&D programs that have the potential to fundamentally impact future operational needs and strategies and demand substantial, long-term, venture investment to spur risk-taking. ARDA identifies important problems of special or unique interest to the community, highlights potential information technology capabilities that might help resolve them, and focuses multi-disciplinary technological expertise against these problems through high-risk high-payoff research. ARDA then assists in the transfer of emerging solutions to the intelligence community technology centers for integration and implementation.
Skaion is an information security technology and services company. Its area of expertise is in simulating real-world threats to information systems, modeling attacks, and evaluating defenses. Skaion's technologies synthesize realistic user and network behavior to test working systems, design new defenses, and conduct innovative research. Skaion principals have extensive experience in computer system security, including in both the U.S. military and the private sector. More information is available at www.skaion.com