BAE Systems to develop cyber defence tools for DARPA’s CHASE programme

10 August 2018 (Last Updated August 10th, 2018 13:11)

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to develop automated cyber-defence tools.

BAE Systems to develop cyber defence tools for DARPA’s CHASE programme
System security specialist working at System Control Center full of screens displaying various information. Credit: BAE Systems.

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to develop automated cyber-defence tools.

The solution to be developed by BAE will combine advanced machine learning and cyber-attack modelling to automatically detect and defeat advanced cyber threats, thereby safeguarding extremely large enterprise networks.

BAE Systems Cyber Technology Group product line director Anne Taylor said: “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.

“Our technology aims to alleviate resource constraints to actively hunt for cyber threats that evade security measures, enhancing the collective cyber defence of these networks.”

“Our technology aims to alleviate resource constraints to actively hunt for cyber threats that evade security measures, enhancing the collective cyber defence of these networks.”

The automated systems will be manufactured under DARPA’s Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) programme in order to develop, demonstrate and analyse new, automated cyber-defence tools for use within and across the enterprise networks.

The contract for Phases I, II and III of the CHASE programme is valued at approximately $5.2m.

The subcontractors and research partners for the company working on the CHASE programme include Digital Operatives, Dr Ruslan Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon University, and Dr Farshad Khorrami and team from New York University.

Work on the project will be carried out at BAE Systems’ manufacturing facility in Arlington, Virginia, US.

BAE’s solution could also be used to safeguard government and military networks.