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BAE Systems to Develop Automated Cyber Defense Tools for DARPA


The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected
BAE Systems to develop data-driven, cyber-hunting tools that detect and
analyze cyber threats to help protect extremely large enterprise
networks. The contract for Phase 1, 2, and 3 of the program is valued at
approximately $5.2 million.

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BAE Systems is developing automated cyber hunting solutions that combine advanced machine learning and cyber attack modeling to detect and defeat advanced cyber threats that currently can go undetected in large enterprise networks. (Photo: BAE Systems)

Because most current tools do not offer the scale and processing speed
needed to adequately defend enterprise networks, the goal of DARPA's
Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) program is to develop, demonstrate, and
evaluate new, automated cyber-defense tools for use within and across
these types of networks. BAE Systems' unique solution, which combines
advanced machine learning and cyber-attack modeling, intends to address
this critical need by automatically detecting and defeating advanced
cyber threats that could currently go undetected. The result could be
better-defended commercial networks, using existing storage and existing
resources. The technology could also be used to help protect government
and military networks.

"Today, advanced cyber attacks within many enterprise networks go
entirely unnoticed among an overwhelming amount of network data, or they
require intensive manual analysis by expert teams," said Anne Taylor,
product line director for the Cyber Technology group at BAE Systems.
"Our technology aims to alleviate resource constraints to actively hunt
for cyber threats that evade security measures, enhancing the collective
cyber defense of these networks."

BAE Systems' efforts on the CHASE program builds on previous company
work in real-time, cyber-defense based anomaly detection,
evidence-driven decision making, and related techniques for DARPA, the
U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy. The company's subcontractors and research
partners on the program include Digital Operatives, Dr. Ruslan
Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon University, and Dr. Farshad Khorrami
and team from New York University. BAE Systems' work for the program
will be performed in Arlington, Virginia.

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