Modern communications and computer technologies bring with them great convenience, but at the risk of cyber threats. To help protect large networks against cyber threats, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to develop data-driven, cyber-hunting tools that detect and analyze such threats. BAE Systems intends to automatically detect and overcome aggressive cyber threats by combining advanced machine learning with cyber-attack modeling. The contract for Phases 1, 2, and 3 of the program is valued at approximately $5.2 million.
BAE Systems is developing a defense against enterprise network cyberattacks as part of the CHASE program. (Courtesy of BAE Systems)
DARPA’s Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) program has been instituted to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate new automated cyber-defense tools for use across large enterprise networks. Current cyber-protection tools typically lack the scale necessary to provide full protection for large-sized enterprise networks. By coming up with a guard against cyber attacks, data and resource security is expected to improve across commercial networks. The CHASE-driven technology is also thought to be able to protect military and government data 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’ work for the program builds on previous cyber-security efforts for the Army, Navy, and DARPA. The work will be performed in Arlington, Va.