Successful missions from risk-informed decisions in design, operation, and sustainment
Systems and systems of systems, which operate with ever-increasing autonomy, must be designed and architected with the knowledge that they will accomplish missions as intended in contested and challenging environments. Our work aims to assure mission accomplishment, even in the face of adversarial behavior aimed at subverting it.
We develop and apply technologies that identify and manage failure modes with supporting, quantifiable metrics. We develop software architecture instrumentation to enable continuous monitoring of mission effectiveness during operations. We also create and prototype means to effectively adapt operation or degrade it in predictable ways while maintaining effective performance. Additionally, we investigate means to address the challenges arising when systems and software are combined in unforeseen ways for emerging missions.
The SEI provided an independent assessment of the risks of migrating a weapons control system deployed by the U.S. Navy from one architecture to another.
The GraphBLAS Forum is a world-wide consortium of researchers working to develop a programming specification for graph analysis that will simplify development.
Distributed, adaptive real-time (DART) systems must satisfy safety-critical requirements. We developed a method to verify DART systems and generate assured code.
March 07, 2019 • Technical Note
This report proposes measurements for each Software Assurance Framework (SAF) practice that a program can select to monitor and manage the progress it's making toward software assurance.Download
December 14, 2018 • Special Report
This guidebook helps program managers address the software assurance responsibilities critical in defending software-intensive systems, including mission threads and cybersecurity.Download
October 18, 2018 • Technical Report
In an effort to determine how to make secure software development more cost effective, the SEI conducted a research study to empirically measure the effects that security tools—primarily automated static analysis tools—had on costs and benefits.Download
April 19, 2016 • White Paper
This report introduces the Quantifying Uncertainty in Early Lifecycle Cost Estimation (QUELCE) method for estimating program costs early in a development lifecycle.Download
History of Innovation at the SEI in Mission Assurance
The SEI has performed innovative research in C4ISR mission assurance for almost 30 years that has benefited government, industry, and academia. Learn more about a few of the highlights.
Enhancing Computing Power at the Edge
KD-Cloudlet, a tool for implementing tactical cloudlets, springs from years of research on cloud computing at the tactical edge. The SEI makes this tool freely available as part of its transition mission.Read the Story
Attacking Software Vulnerabilities
In 2014, the SEI CERT Division introduced the Tapioca tool to check Android apps for vulnerabilities. In the first year of use, Tapioca was used to check more than 1 million Android apps.Read the Story
Building Capability to Defend Against Malware
To analyze malware, SEI CERT researchers have developed a suite of tools based on a framework called Pharos, which is built on top of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's ROSE compiler infrastructure.Read the Story
Codifying Resilience Practice
After the 9/11 terror attacks, organizations sought greater operational resilience through security and business continuity. The SEI developed the CERT Resilience Management Model to improve operational resilience.Read the Story
Tailoring Risk Management Practice
Since the 1990s, SEI risk research has shaped standards for software risk management, enabling program managers in software-intensive programs to identify what could go wrong and mitigate those risks.Read the Story
Changing Software Contractor Selection Criteria
Through CMMI and SCAMPI, the SEI has made substantial contributions to software contractor appraisal and evaluation processes, strongly influencing government acquisition practices.Read the Story
Pointing the Way Toward a Software Architecture Discipline
The SEI contributed to a greater understanding of how architectural decisions affect the ease of modifying a user interface, introducing an important concept to the discipline of software architecture in the 1990s.Read the Story