The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $9.4 million grant to a Northrop Grumman-Georgia Institute of Technology partnership to develop a wireless monitoring method for Internet-of-Things devices.
Georgia Tech said Monday the method will work to analyze side-channel signal emissions released by electronic devices that perform certain programs.
The Computational Activity Monitoring by Externally Leveraging Involuntary Analog Signals project tapped Milos Prvulovic and Alessandro Orso, both professors at Georgia Tech’s School of Computer Science, and a team of Northrop researchers led by Matthew Welborn.
The four-year project seeks to help researchers detect malicious software in a device through a comparison of unintentional side-channel emissions to existing data about the device’s normal operations.
“We will be looking at how the program is changing its behavior,” said Alenka Zajic, the project’s principal investigator and an assistant professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
“If an Internet of Things device is attacked, the insertion of malware will affect the program that is running, and we can detect that remotely,” added Zajic.