NORTH CHELMSFORD, Ma. - May 6, 2005 - Skaion Corporation has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the U.S. Air Force, for research on development of information assurance training applications based on the company's network traffic generation technologies. Skaion's award was in response to a solicitation for proposals to address "Training Simulations for Decision Effectiveness in Computer Network Defensive Operations."
Skaion's plans to conduct research on the feasibility of expand its existing Traffic Generation System (TGS) and network traffic simulation capabilities into an interactive cybersecurity training environment
Skaion's TGS generates real network traffic by simulating users and services on real and emulated hosts, creating both normal and malicious background traffic. Simulated users inside and outside the protected network surf the web, send email, and perform other activities. The simulated Internet includes thousands of generated websites, coalition users, and the steady stream of malicious traffic that comes from being connected to the Internet. The Skaion TGS played a key role in creating the network environment for the Air Force's 2004 "Hackfest".
About the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programs
Established in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act, the current SBIR program allocates a percentage of Federal agencies' extramural research and development spending for grants to small businesses. Agencies make Phase I awards on the scale of $75,000-$100,000 for research efforts of approximately six months; recipients are expected to demonstrate the feasibility of proposals to address particular agency needs for technologies and applications. Some Phase I awardees receive subsequent Phase II awards, providing greater levels of funding to take Phase I achievements through to working prototypes.
SBIR Program goals are:
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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