DARPA Calls for Innovation to Protect DoD Systems

Monday, August 22, 2011

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to spur cyber security innovation in an effort to better protect Department of Defense systems from cyber attacks.

The Request for Information (RFI) by the agency follows several months of headlines about coordinated attacks against DoD facilities and private defense contractors.

DARPA is known for being on the leading edge of defense development efforts, as the agency's website explains:

"DARPA is the research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense. DARPA’s mission is to maintain technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security. We also create technological surprise for our adversaries."

DARPA lists the criteria for submissions as follows:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) is requesting information on innovative technologies and approaches to secure the Nation’s infrastructure and to ensure the survival of the Department of Defense’s cyber capabilities in case of attack.

Specifically, answers are sought to the following questions:

1. At present, attackers in cyberspace seem to have the initiative and hence the advantage. What specific technologies should DARPA develop to address the imbalance?

2. Attacks on embedded computing systems have received much attention. What specific technologies should DARPA  develop to secure embedded computing systems?

3. If DARPA could only invest in one cyber-security research area, what should that be and why?

Based on the responses to this announcement, DARPA will invite individuals from the technical community to participate in the DARPA Colloquium on Future Directions in Cyber Security, to take place on November 7, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia.

The colloquium will include a keynote by the DARPA director, presentations by industry and government leaders, and discussions with DARPA program managers on current and future research directions. Individuals who are interested in attending should complete sections 1 through 3.

More information on this DARPA request can be found here:

Source:  https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=aa979ce15c061fdebdc8c8b46224ce0f&tab=core&_cview=0

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