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Cambridge, MA, United States, 2013/06/05 - Charles River Analytics, a developer of intelligent systems solutions, announces a contract in cyber defense with the U.S Air Force to assess vulnerabilities in cloud computing platforms - CRA.com.
Although cloud computing offers many benefits to its users, security is a major concern. Charles River is developing the Framework to Assess Trustworthiness, or FACT, to address these security concerns by addressing vulnerabilities in cloud-based systems.
“To support verifiable access to applications and data residing in cloud infrastructures, we are developing a framework that treats the cloud as a black box and assesses its trustworthiness from the trusted cloud client,” explained Curt Wu, Chief Software Engineer at Charles River. “Our solution generates and performs diagnostic tests to assess the trustworthiness of cloud-based applications. Diagnostic tests for data objects stored in the cloud are based on a separate cryptographic hash-based check that verifies their data integrity.”
FACT is the most recent effort that builds off of Charles River’s three-part approach to resilient system design. Through software trustworthiness monitoring, such as FACT, Charles River monitors applications and anomalous behavior to detect threats or malware. Through biologically inspired system design, Charles River incorporates ideas from biology and psychology to design more efficient, adaptive, and robust computational systems. With system-level component isolation, it creates firewalls between programs while allowing communication to reduce the potential damage from a faulty or malicious software program.
“An important way to defend against cyber attacks and other cyber failures is to rethink many of our basic premises about computer and network architecture design,” added Dr. Scott Neal Reilly, Vice President, Decision Management Systems. “We have been actively developing our cyber research and development capabilities, such as through designing novel computer architectures that are less vulnerable to attacks and failures.”
About Charles River Analytics
Since 1983, Charles River Analytics (cra.com) has been applying computational intelligence technologies to develop mission-relevant tools and solutions to transform our customers' data into knowledge that drives accurate assessment and robust decision-making. Charles River continues to grow its technology, customer base, and strategic alliances through research and development programs for the DoD and the Intelligence Community, addressing a broad spectrum of mission areas and functional domains, including: sensor and image processing, situation assessment and decision aiding, human systems integration, and cyber analytics. These efforts have resulted in a series of successful products that support continued growth in our core R&D contracting business, as well as the commercial sector. Charles River became an employee-owned company in 2012, to set the stage for the next-generation of innovation, service, and growth.
This project is sponsored by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).