NORTH CHELMSFORD, Ma. - Nov. 21, 2003 - Skaion has received an award under DARPA BAA 03-18, "Dynamic Quarantine of Worm-Based Attacks Against Military Enterprise Networks."
Skaion is providing network characterization, background traffic generation software, installation, and support to the main and contractor testbeds.
DARPA's Dynamic Quarantine of Worms (DQW) Program
The threat to military networks from computer worms that have never been seen before, and that exploit previously unknown network vulnerabilities ("zero-day worms"), has exceeded commercial industry's ability to mount an adequate defense. The Dynamic Quarantine of Worms (DQW) program will develop a system of integrated detection and response that will dynamically quarantine computer worms. The DQW program is focused on zero-day worms and stealthy worms that try to slip into military networks undetected. It may be nearly impossible to stop the initial infection from a zero-day worm. DQW's strategy is to quarantine the worm in a section of the network. "Vaccines" can then be automatically synthesized and distributed to protect other networks from a large-scale infection.
Program web page: http://www.darpa.mil/ato/programs/dqw.htm
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD). It manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.
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
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