The Helix self-regenerative architecture provides a combination of defense mechanisms that is both highly effective and metamorphic, thereby presenting attackers with a continuously changing attack surface, i.e., a metamorphic shield, that is altered routinely and as attacks progress. An attack that manages to overcome these defenses is then faced with the Helix innate response mechanism which creates a more aggressive system metamorphosis. This metamorphosis seeks to contain the effects of the attack and to reconfigure to provide rapid recovery and continued service. Finally, the Helix adaptive response mechanism examines the basic application system design at the level of its implementation and effects repairs that will ensure that future attacks of the same or similar form will be deflected, either by removing the path to vulnerabilities or the vulnerabilities themselves.
The Helix team consists of researchers from the University of Virginia, the University of California, Davis, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The UVa research team consists of:
along with several talented graduate and undergraduate students.