MORE MTD Named 2017 R&D 100 Finalist

In an R&D Magazine press release on August 9th, the R&D 100 Awards Committee announced its 2017 finalists, with COAR’s patented technology, Multiple OS Rotational Environment Moving Target Defense (MORE MTD), among them.

2017 R&D 100 is the 55th annual awards program that recognizes prestigious innovations of science or technology.  It awards 100 ideas, each of which falls into one of five categories: Analytical/Test; IT/Electrical; Mechanical Devices/Materials; Process/Prototyping; and Software/Services, and provides four Special Recognition Awards as well: Market Disruptor Services; Market Disruptor Products; Corporate Social Responsibility; and Green Tech.

MTD is a security concept with the goal of increasing attacker uncertainty by creating dynamic and/or diverse targets, consequently heightening attack costs and shrinking attack opportunity.  MORE MTD is a software-diversity technique by which virtual machine (VM) hosts rotate and receive a new IP address at a given time interval.  After rotation, the host that was previously active is analyzed for indicators of compromise and removed from the rotation if any are found.  MORE MTD’s valuable contributions to cybersecurity are threefold: (1) decreasing the likelihood of a successful attack; (2) reducing the impact of a successful attack, should it occur; and (3) maintaining full application availability for the user at all times.

In honor of their grand achievement, COAR and the additional finalists have been invited to the R&D 100 Conference in Orlando, FL November 16-17, 2017.  It is an opportunity to network with the greater community of research and development, experience educational sessions and keynotes, and learn about other successful innovations in the field.  The committee will announce the 2017 R&D 100 award winners at a black-tie gala on November 17th at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort.

A full list of the 2017 R&D 100 finalists can be found here.

For more information about R&D 100, please see the official website.