Countermeasures to Covert Access Methods to Reduce Attack Susceptibility and Ensure Trust

Period of Performance: 03/24/2011 - 03/24/2013

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Clear Hat Consulting, Inc.
56 E. Pine St. Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32801
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Clear Hat Consulting is combining machine learning and virtualization technologies to detect deviant, low level system behavior patterns characteristic of sophisticated, stealthy malware. A number of factors are currently driving a demand for innovative technologies capable of detecting advanced cyber threats. These include national security concerns related to cyber warfare, increases in targeted attacks against commercial enterprises, and increased regulatory requirements that mandate improved data security in a variety of industries. Clear Hat s current Phase I research indicates that machine learning algorithms can successfully be applied to detecting stealthy, sophisticated forms of malware.