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AVIRTEK, INC. Awarded $750K Phase II STTR Grant from the United States Air Force

Tucson, AZ, January 13, 2011 --( AVIRTEK, INC., a leader in Autonomic Management Solutions, announced today that the United States Air Force (USAF), has awarded the company a $750K Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant. In a teaming arrangement with Raytheon and the University of Arizona, AVIRTEK will apply the grant to develop and prototype a Cyber Battle Management System (CBMS), which will be the foundation of the next generation of cyber behavior analysis units that can detect and protect against any anomalous and malicious activities against cyber space resources and services.

“In Phase I, we showed the feasibility of AVIRTEK’s autonomic computing technology to secure and protect cyber systems and their services. In Phase II, we intend to develop a Cyber Nervous System to protect computers, network, mobile devices and applications against known and unknown types of cyber attacks. The technology to be developed in Phase II will also be applied to protect commercial enterprise networks and computers.” – Dr. Salim Hariri, CEO and Chairman of AVIRTEK.

With the Phase II funding, “we will be developing a revolutionary technology, Autonomia, which can self-manage either any network or software resource to tolerate hardware and software failures, including cyber attacks, with minimal involvement of users and system administrators.” – José W. Gifford, Principal Software Engineer at AVIRTEK. In addition, “we will extend this capability to secure and protect all the layers based on a revolutionary anomaly behavior analysis technology with high detection rates and low false alarms.” – Dr. Youssif Al-Nashif, Research Scientist at AVIRTEK.

AVIRTEK is a product development firm, located in Tucson, Arizona, and founded in 2006. AVIRTEK, a startup company from the Center for Autonomic Computing at The University of Arizona, a center funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center of the National Science Foundation, is pioneering innovative autonomic management solutions that are based on strategies used by biological systems to deal with complexity, heterogeneity and uncertainty. AVIRTEK’s technologies enable us to deploy cyber infrastructures that can self- configure, self-heal, self-protect, and self-optimize their resources and services. AVIRTEK has developed two appliances: JUNO10: The Ultimate Solution for All Layers Self-Protection and Autonomia for an Integrated Management of Configuration, Performance, Fault and Security of cyber infrastructure resources and services. To learn more about AVIRTEK products and services, go to

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit Raytheon’s website at

About The University of Arizona (UA)
The University of Arizona is one of the nation’s leading public universities, with a long history of academic excellence, research innovation and a student-centered approach. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the UA is ranked 16th among public universities by the National Science Foundation with total research expenditures last year of $545 million. With more than 39,000 students across three campuses representing 50 states and more than 120 nations, the UA is on the forefront of discoveries – from the depths of space to the medical and genetic mysteries of life, from emerging trends in climate change to the broad complexities of the human condition. For more information, visit the UA’s website at

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Avirtek, Inc.
Salim Hariri
(520) 977-7954

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