Mason Licenses Technology to Security Firm

Posted: September 23, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason has licensed five patent-pending technologies and copyrighted software to Secure Elements, a small security firm in Herndon. The technologies were developed by a group in the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) in the School of Information Technology and Engineering.

Led by Sushil Jajodia, director of CSIS, the other Mason developers are Steven Noel, Brian O’Berry, Michael Jacobs, Eric Robertson, Robert Weierbach and Promod Kalapa.

Secure Elements’ new product, the C5 Attack Predictor (C5AP) is based upon technologies developed by the Mason researchers. They are the result of years of research in the lab.

C5 AP models attacks on any network, given knowledge of the network design and vulnerabilities of programs and services running on assets on the network. Unlike vulnerability assessment tools, C5 AP performs its analysis and creates its models based on actual vulnerabilities using specific knowledge of exploits, without running any exploits itself, in a what-if scenario.

The C5 AP processes one or more vulnerability scans, derives the network layout and stores the vulnerabilities. It then uses a sophisticated algorithm to compute all possible attack path scenarios and to determine the interdependencies between any given attack and the victim machine.

For more information on the Center for Secure Information Systems, designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency, visit the web site.

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