Situation Awareness and Impact Assessment for Cyber Network Defense

Period of Performance: 09/18/2008 - 09/18/2010


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Altusys Corp.
P O Box 1274
Princeton, NJ 08542
Principal Investigator


The goal of this effort is to develop technologies enabling situational awareness for large-scale cyber network defense, assessing the impact of adversarial action against a network, and predicting future adversary attack strategy. Based on Phase I, we plan to develop, implement, and validate a prototype system. The prototype shall be sufficiently detailed to evaluate scalability, usability, and self-protection from any compromise of its ability to monitor the network s situation. We shall define metrics or measures that can be used to evaluate the sufficiency of the prototype s ability to present the network situation and impact of attacks. The objectives of the effort are (i) to close on Phase I assumptions and limitations, finalize the prototype system, conduct a validation study, and conduct a scalability study, (ii) to deliver an effective, scalable, and useable product to the Air Force, and (iii) to establish a plan for non-military commercialization to be carried out during Phase III, including GUI, integration, and data source requirements.