U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Selects Vencore to Defeat Reverse Engineering Attacks

By CIOReview | Monday, January 18, 2016
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CHANTILLY, VA: Vencore, a provider of information solutions, engineering and analytics for the U.S. Government announces that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). As part of the contract, Vencore will deliver research and proof-of-concept implementations in the area of efficient program obfuscation.

Vencore will perform the program obfuscation as part of DARPA’s SafeWare Program. The SafeWare Research Program aims to develop efficient and widely applicable program obfuscation method through mathematically proven security properties. These techniques will make it difficult for adversaries to reverse engineer software in captured equipment.

Vencore Labs, a research subsidiary of the company will partner with New Jersey Institute of Technology and BBN Technologies to provide efficient protocols for privacy-preserving computation and homomorphic encryption.

"This research will focus on enabling highly secure, highly efficient techniques that meet real-world applications and are most relevant to the Department of Defense in defending programs against reverse engineering attacks, this work builds on our expertise in cyber security and applied research can help our customer stay ahead of the technological curve in defending against those types of attacks," says Steven Omick, President of Vencore Labs.
    
Program obfuscation is the process of making a program unintelligible without changing the program’s underlying input/output behavior. Program obfuscation is the process of making a program unintelligible to a reverse engineer (attacker) without changing the program’s underlying input/output behavior. Program obfuscation is often employed by malware in order to avoid detection by anti-virus software. It also has many other legitimate uses, such as copy protection, software licensing or private computing in the cloud.