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Perspecta Wins Cyber Hunting Contract with DARPA

Perspecta Wins Cyber Hunting Contract with DARPA



Perspecta Wins Cyber Hunting Contract with DARPA




Perspecta Inc.

Estimated Cost:

$4.7 Million


Perspecta Inc. announced that its innovative research arm, Perspecta Labs, was awarded a prime contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) program. The four-year contract which represents new work for the company has a base value of $4.7M, not including options.

The goal of the CHASE program is to develop dynamic, real-time tools that can successfully defend large-scale, distributed networks from broad-spectrum cyber threats. The program aims to leverage iterative techniques to converge on the right data, from the right devices, at the right time to detect, characterize and thwart attacks.
On the contract, Perspecta Labs will develop, demonstrate and evaluate data-driven cyber-hunting tools that work in real-time, at-scale, and across multiple enterprise networks. Specifically, the company plans to design and develop WILEE, a set of components for threat detection and characterization.

"This new work builds on Perspecta Labs' research experience, technology expertise and implementation capabilities on past cyber work with DARPA," said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Perspecta Labs. "We look forward to working closely with DARPA on this critical work to harden distributed networks."

The Perspecta Labs' WILEE solution will accelerate the hunt process by translating high-level threat descriptions into possible concrete implementations using a variety of sophisticated analytic techniques, including adversarial planning, genetic perturbation and data-driven evaluation. WILEE will automatically prioritize hunt activities, inform data collection, minimize detection time and detect both known and novel malicious activities with high confidence.