GrammaTech Awarded Air Force Research Contract to Develop Techniques for Detecting Malicious Code in Firmware

April 26, 2001

Ithaca, NY – GrammaTech, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $99,985 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate. Upon completion of this nine-month contract, GrammaTech will be eligible to compete for up to $750,000 in Phase II SBIR funding. Under terms of the agreement, GrammaTech will develop techniques for detecting malicious code in firmware.

The problem of information security has become a critical because of growing dependence on complex networked information systems. Of particular concern is malicious code - code that has been intentionally inserted or modified to cause harm or subvert the intended function of a software system. GrammaTech will leverage its expertise in advanced static program analysis and information security to develop techniques of detecting malicious code that has been inserted in firmware (such as a PC's BIOS).

About GrammaTech, Inc.

GrammaTech's static-analysis tools are used worldwide by startups, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. The staff includes fourteen researchers with PhDs in programming languages and program analysis. More information about GrammaTech can be found at

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