NORTH CHELMSFORD, Ma. - Sep. 15, 2005 - Skaion Corporation has been selected to present a case study at the 21st Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, December 5-9, 2005 in Tucson, Arizona.
Skaion engineer Sam Gorton will deliver the presentation, which covers a number of efforts to render realistic network environments for federally-sponsored research and development and information assurance training exercises. The case study examines some of the challenges and lessons learned in providing ARDA and DARPA-funded principal investigators with data sets intended to realistically simulate the target environments. In the case of the ARDA work, Skaion created a notional model of the Open Source Information Service (OSIS), an Intelligence Community interagency infrastructure, and one of its links to the open Internet. As a part of that model, Skaion supplies both background traffic, and simulated attempted exploits; other ARDA PIs use these data to develop and test technologies for attack traceback and attribution, and other defensive or analytic applications. For the DARPA, Skaion carried out traffic characterization at the Air Force Research Laboratory Rome Research Site, balancing the demands of confidentiality and characterization.
Skaion believes that researchers given realistic information will create more usable systems. "The earlier in the process researchers learn about the target environment and realistic constraints," said Gorton, "the more likely they are to produce a system ready for the real world."
The Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) is a non-profit association of computer security professionals who have a common goal of improving the understanding, theory, and practice of computer security. To this end, ACSA supports a number of activities, all of which serve the goal of improving the computer security field. ACSA was initially created as the on-going organization that provided continuity funding to the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. The original organization was founded in 1985 as the Aerospace Computer Security Associates (the conference was the Aerospace Computer Security Conference). In 1987, the organization was incorporated in the state of Maryland. In 1989, the conference was renamed the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. In 1995, ACSA changed its name to the Applied Computer Security Associates.
The ACSAC conference Web site: http://www.acsac.org
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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