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Vencore Labs to Provide DARPA with Advanced Cyber Defense Research

Katerina Figurski

Chantilly, VA – March 23, 2017 – Vencore, Inc. announced today that its innovative research arm, Vencore Labs, Inc., has been awarded multiple contracts from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to deliver research in the area of cyber defenses against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The contracts have a $17.7 million value and will be performed as part of DARPA’s Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) program over the next three years.

The goal of the XD3 program is to develop fundamentally new DDoS defenses that afford greater resilience across a broad range of DDoS attacks than existing approaches. Several recent DDoS attacks have caused widespread disruption to popular Internet services. These attacks leverage the widespread and growing deployment of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices combined with freely available malicious code to create disruption that easily overwhelms current defensive techniques. This underscores the need for fundamentally new technologies to detect, mitigate and fight through the effects of DDoS attacks on a large scale.

Under the contract, Vencore Labs plans to develop a comprehensive solution that covers the full spectrum of the DDoS attack surface. Research on distributed communications and network maneuvering will make it harder for attackers to identify high-value targets, and will deny them the critical feedback they need to determine whether an attack is successful; research on DDoS detection and mitigation will help network operators protect critical services from the effects of large scale IoT-based attacks.

“Through the advancement of IoT devices, the threat landscape is expanding, and our defenses need to evolve accordingly,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “We look forward to working with DARPA to develop innovative techniques to combat these attacks, making it impossible for attackers to damage critical services.”

This new work draws on Vencore Labs’ expertise with defending and securing large-scale, heterogeneous computer networks. Additionally, the Vencore Labs team will bring a deep-rooted legacy in protecting mission-critical systems and national cyber infrastructure to the project.

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Vencore Labs to Work With DARPA to Optimize Airborne Communications

Katerina Figurski

Image Source: U.S. Air Force

Image Source: U.S. Air Force

Chantilly, VA –January 12, 2017 – Vencore, Inc. announced that its innovative research arm, Vencore Labs, has been awarded a prime contract on the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Dynamic Network Adaptation for Mission Optimization (DyNAMO) program. The 17-month contract has a value of over $2.5 million with options.  

DARPA’s DyNAMO program aims to deliver new technologies that will allow diverse airborne systems and networks to communicate and work together, while providing resilience against hostile jamming attempts. Under this new contract, Vencore Labs will be focused on optimizing network and radio functionality in adverse environments.

Specifically, the Vencore Labs team will develop and deliver an innovative framework to enable adaptation of networks and systems while maintaining scalability and stability. This new approach will provide a means to incorporate a wide set of mission objectives at all adaptation stages in order to ensure that the utility of information to the mission is maximized.

“Solving the nation’s most complex problems is what we do,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “Having the opportunity to play a leading role in enabling our country to conduct operations against adversaries while configuring our most critical assets in advance of a mission, is a real honor. We look forward to expanding our partnership with DARPA on the DyNAMO program.” 

Vencore Labs’ unique approach is designed to maintain connectivity in spite of jamming, singular outages or aircraft motion by dynamically shifting and re-routing the flow of information to alternate paths to ensure delivery.  The framework will dynamically select connection points between different waveforms and then adaptively shift the communication over those alternative network paths, much as modern traffic applications will dynamically reroute automobile traffic across a variety of road networks to optimize transportation.

Vencore Labs Wins Third Phase of DARPA’s Wireless Network Defense Program

Katerina Figurski

Chantilly, Va. — December 19, 2016 — Vencore, Inc. announced today that its applied research organization, Vencore Labs, was awarded a $3.4 million contract by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to protect wireless networks and the critical data that is shared over them against malicious attacks and/or technical compromises.

This work is the third and final phase of DARPA's Wireless Network Defense (WND) program.  Vencore Labs was also an awardee on the first two phases, which were focused on technology development during Phase 1 and on applying these technologies to heterogeneous wireless networks that are relevant to the U.S. military in Phase 2. Phase 3 will focus on validating these technologies on military radios and demonstrating their effectiveness.

"Protecting wireless networks against attacks so that critical information can be properly, securely and effectively routed is a complex problem that requires a deep understanding of the functioning of wireless protocols” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. "Vencore Labs has decades of experience in working with these types of networks and finding solutions for the types of issues that they present."

Vencore Labs intends to deliver a wireless defense framework that is robust in the face of attacks, has a very high accuracy rate, and imposes very little overhead on the network.  It aims to manage cost by providing a solution that incorporates existing hardware and equipment.  Vencore Labs' approach is notable in that its output will be applicable to multiple network technologies and be able to protect these disparate networks using a common defensive framework.  

In support of the WND program, Vencore Labs is bringing to bear its diverse strengths that span wireless network protocols, cyber security, and data analytics, in order to develop techniques that detect and mitigate the impact of attacks on wireless network elements. 

Vencore Labs Expert Speaks at NSA Information Assurance Symposium

Katerina Figurski

Vikram Kaul, chief engineer at Vencore Labs, was an invited panelist at the National Security Agency's (NSA) Information Assurance Symposium (IAS) recently held in Washington, DC. 

Kaul participated in a panel titled “CSfC: Stories from Trusted Integrators,” as part of the IAS track on "Cyber Dominance in the 21st Century".  

The IAS, held under the auspices of the NSA’s Information Assurance mission, is the premier IA event at which leaders and practitioners from government, industry and academia provide direction and best practices for information assurance and the cyber environment.   

Kaul has a lead role in the Vencore Labs team that has been successfully supporting customer deployments in Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) and shared these experiences at the symposium. 

Vencore Labs is an accredited Trusted Integrator by NSA to provide CSfC systems integration, development and support services. This designation recognizes Vencore Labs' capability for architecture, design, integration, testing, deployment, documentation, fielding and support of CSfC solutions, as well expertise in penetration testing, software quality and record keeping. In addition, Vencore Labs has developed and deployed an industry-leading self-contained CSfC solution deployer for Windows End User Devices (EUDs) which accelerates field deployments.

To learn more about Vencore Labs' CSfC solutions, click here

Vencore Labs to Provide the Sacramento Municipal Utility District with Managed Cybersecurity Services

Katerina Figurski

Chantilly, VA – September 27, 2016 – Vencore, Inc. announced today that its innovative research arm, Vencore Labs, Inc., has been awarded a multi-year, follow-on contract to provide managed cybersecurity services to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in support of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

Under the contract, Vencore Labs will deliver an enhanced version of its ground-breaking SecureSmart™ cybersecurity solution, a patented infrastructure monitoring technology for smart grid field networks.

The unique, multi-channel hardware solution will provide continuous validation of over-the-air security and privacy controls for the utility’s smart meter system, ultimately protecting Sacramento rate payers.

Additionally, the SecureSmart™ solution will include a custom intrusion detection system to provide early warning of anomalous behavior and threats and a real-time dashboard to monitor the state and health of SMUD’s largest network.

“Vencore Labs is proud to continue our partnership with SMUD,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “This contract award is a true testament of our proven ability to provide cybersecurity monitoring and assessment services to the utility industry, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with SMUD to meet their technically complex requirements and critical needs.”

SecureSmart™ is an integrated cybersecurity, operations and engineering solution for AMI, Distribution Automation (DA) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. SecureSmart™ is the industry’s only wireless network intrusion detection system that provides real-time network health, anomaly detection, threat analysis and visualization.

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