DARPA tasks BAE Systems to develop automated cyber defense tools

ARLINGTON, Va. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials tapped 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 DARPA’s Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) Phase 1, 2, and 3 is valued at approximately $5.2 million.

The goal of DARPA’s CHASE program is to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate new, automated cyberdefense tools for use within and across these types of networks. BAE Systems’ solution, which combines advanced machine learning and cyberattack modeling, intends to address this 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,” says 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, cyberdefense 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.