CA Technologies and RMIT University have been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant for a new project to develop risk adaptive continuous authentication.
The project will concentrate on aligning risk adaptation and continuous authentication, described by CA as “two key areas of security.”
The linkage grant will be jointly managed by CA’s Melbourne-based research arm, CA Labs with support from the company’s Risk Authentication team in the US, and RMIT. The research project began taking shape in May.
The project garnered roughly $1 million in funding, the ARC grant constituted $280,000 of the total.
CA Labs vice president of research, Steve Versteeg, said security measures must become more sophisticated to keep pace with attackers, who are becoming increasingly more adept.
“This grant is about furthering our expertise through informed research and uncovering new ways to mitigate potential breaches,” he said.
The research will seek to identify assets within an organisation that need to be most protected and which users should have access to those assets.
The company said continuous authentication will identify high risk user behaviour patterns. It asserts that monitoring a user’s normal system interactions can provide a higher level of confidence around who the user is, without causing disruption to the user.
As a result, if a user is acting outside their behaviour and access patterns, a security alert will be raised and a higher factor authentication may be triggered.
CA Labs will collaborate with RMIT professors Serdar Boztas, Asha Rao, Kathy Horadam and Lewi Stone, a PhD student and a research fellow, to undertake the project.
The researchers are core members of the Information Security and Network Science Research Group based at the RMIT School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences.
CA said the goal of the project is to develop new techniques and proofs-of-concept, which can be integrated into CA product suites in support of the company’s development and innovation efforts.
The project will focus on enhancing the CA Risk Authentication product via different types of risk assessment and continuous authentication. Prototypes, algorithms and research papers that are developed as a result of this project will be shared with the company’s global research and development teams.
For RMIT, the research will be developed into publications from the professors involved and will be published in international journals and papers.
The grant comprises financial and in-kind funding from CA Technologies, the ARC and RMIT.