Advancing Software Security - The Software Protection Initiative
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SENSORS DIRECTORATE
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In December 2001, the Software Protection Initiative SPI was established to prevent the unauthorized distribution and exploitation of national security application software by our adversaries. To achieve this, the SPI has several goals, which are to institutionalize software protection within the software development life-cycle, educate and train the community, develop user-friendly protection techniques, and ensure that protection technology and policy are appropriately applied, balancing mission requirements with security. The focus of the SPI is to improve protections for critical scientific, engineering, and modeling and simulation software running on desktops through supercomputers. Not only does software of this nature represent a significant portion of DoDs intellectual property IP, it also enables the development of next generation weapon systems. In addition to the traditional two components of information assurance, namely network security and operating system integrity, SPI adds a new component, a third leg to the information assurance triad, based on an application-centric approach to protecting important DoD software. The SPI program is accomplishing these goals by providing military-strength application protection, focused investigation, research and development of advanced technologies for software protection across the entire spectrum of computational hardware.
- Information Science
- Operations Research
- Computer Systems Management and Standards