Contract: $90,000 - National Institute of Standards and Technology - Jun. 21, 2009
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Award Description: This is an SBIR Technology Transfer award. The overall purpose of the award is to develop a functional specification and architecture for the Policy Machine concepts that have been developed by NIST, for the purpose of commercializing the Policy Machine concept. Note that the Policy Machine technology provides a mechanism for the specification and enforcement of arbitrary attribute-based access control policies. Functional Specification and Archtecture development are the initial steps in the process of developing a commercial software product. As part of this effort, a prototype of selected Policy Machine concepts is being developed.
Project Description: Quarterly Activities: (1) Review the NIST documents or NIST personnel-authored scientific literature pertaining to the Policy Machine Technology, (2) extract first cut at requirements from the documents and scientific literature, (3) invesgitate the suitability of the Flask security architecture that has been implemented as the security enhanced Linux operating system as a possible host platform on which to instantiate the Policy Machine going forward, (4) investigate the re-casting the Policy Machine object, user, attribute and policy constructs, presented formally in graph theoretic form, into a ontology formulation and determine if this re-formualtion delivers sufficient benefit (flexibility in policy designation, view of policy particulars, etc) and (5) continue discussions with NIST personnel to clarify elements of the Policy Machine concept as questions arise. During the period of performance, we have also given a 'kick-off' presentation for the project and have completed and submitted an interim technical report.
Jobs Summary: Types of Jobs: This award has created jobs in the software area. The two types of software job categories are 'software systems architect' and 'software engineer'. Narrative: This award has created continuing employment opportunities in the software area. This award is supporting continued prooject work for multiple individuals. While each individual is working on the project part time, the impact of the award is to keep the individuals employed at a full-time level. Engineers may work on more than one project over a time span, with each project accounting for less than full time. The sum of the project efforts amounts to a full time equivalent. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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