NORTH CHELMSFORD, Ma. - Dec. 21, 2004 - Skaion technology was employed in this past summer's "Hackfest" at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's facility in Rome, New York.
Students of AFRL's Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) summer Cyber Security Boot Camp engaged in the national cyber security exercise, which pitted two teams against each other to alternatively attack and defend networked systems. "The Hackfest consisted of two fictitious corporate computer networks that were set up and interconnected over an isolated connection to the Internet," said Mr.Philip Scheiderich, a Symantec engineer assigned to AFRL. "This was carried out with a [Skaion] background network traffic generator, which added a significant level of realism to the fictitious corporate scenarios.""The Traffic Generation System (TGS) was used to create simulated hosts to fill in the network topology, instead of only having the four victim hosts populating the network," said Sam Gorton, a Skaion engineer. "It also mimicked the background maliciousness from the Internet, so that there were scans and other IDS alarms not associated with the red team."
Coverage of the 2004 Hackfest, in the AFRL Tech Connect.
About the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) was formed in October 1997 from an organizational consolidation of four former Air Force laboratories (Armstrong, Phillips, Rome, and Wright) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). AFRL's goal is to create a more efficient, effective organization to support the Air Force's global engagement vision. Its mission is to discover, integrate and deliver affordable technologies for improved warfighting by leading a partnership of government, industry, and academia.
The laboratory is responsible for the Air Force's annual $1.2 billion science and technology program, including the full spectrum of Air Force basic research, exploratory development, and advanced development. Overall, the lab is responsible for planning basic research to ensure continued technological superiority; developing and transitioning new technologies for Air Force weapon systems and their supporting infrastructure, and ensuring responsive technical support for urgent problems whenever and wherever they occur.
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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