DARPA Cyber Hunting at Scale (CHASE) Program Contract goes to BAE Systems
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DARPA Cyber Hunting at Scale (CHASE) Program Contract goes to BAE Systems

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Image Attribute: Cyber Network Technology Background (Futuristic) by TheDigitalArtist / Source: Pixabay.com (Creative Commons 0)

Image Attribute: Cyber Network Technology Background (Futuristic) by TheDigitalArtist / Source: Pixabay.com (Creative Commons 0)

On August 7, 2018, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to develop data-driven, cyber-hunting tools that detect and analyze cyber threats to help protect extremely large enterprise networks under the program named Cyber Hunting at Scale (CHASE). Collectively, Phase 1, 2, and 3 of the contract is valued at approximately US$ 5.2 million.

According to the company's press release (dated August 7, 2018) - "BAE Systems' subcontractors and research partners on the CHASE program include Digital Operatives, Dr. Ruslan Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon University, and Dr. Farshad Khorrami and a team from New York University. BAE Systems’ work for the program will be performed in Arlington, Virginia." 

The CHASE Program

DARPA's CHASE program is a collection of data-driven cyber-hunting tools for real-time cyber threat detection, characterization, and protection across dozens of enterprise networks. CHASE-based technologies will explore real-time investigations of potential cyber threats through adaptive data collection by
  • characterizing novel attack vectors,
  • collect the right contextual data, and
  • disseminate protective measures both within and across multiple-enterprises. 

Infographic Attribute: Comparison between current cybersecurity flagging practices and CHASE operational tactic / Source: Slide No: 15, Presentation by Stefanie Tompkins, Ph.D. Acting Deputy Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at NDIA S&ET Conference, April 18, 2017 (UNCLASSIFIED and Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited)

It will use high-end system automation, advanced "threat detection algorithms" and a "new caliber of processing speed" to analyze the output which may include thousands of alerts and false positives per day which are often cannot be verified due to a lack of processing capacity in the existing "commercially and non-commercially" domain.

"Threat detection algorithms developed under CHASE may be tailored to characterize and react to specific classes of threats in the context of different data types and data sources. Additionally, these algorithms may work in concert to determine probabilities of the reality of threats, as well as indicate requirements for additional data that should be collected." DARPA CHASE Program Manager Jennifer Roberts said in a written statement.

Other DARPA Contracts for BAE Systems

Earlier in June 2018, DARPA had awarded BAE Systems a US$ 4.2 million software development contract that models political and military conflicts around the world. The software is called Causal Modeling for Knowledge Transfer, Exploration and Temporal Simulation, or CONTEXTS. Which can be assumed to be an extension of 2014's US$ 79 million DARPA contract for BAE Systems to develop latter's Phase 2 of Insight program.

Besides above these two contracts, BAE Systems had been selected by DARPA for the following contracts in the past;

1. A US$ 13.1 million contract to demonstrate a new, cost-effective optical seeker for precision-guided munitions (May 2018).

2. A contract valued at US$ 12.8 million -  Develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation, and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies (November 2017).

3. A US$ 13.3 million modification contract to extend its work on the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) project (November 2016)

4. POSYDON – Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation program contract which seeks to allow undersea vehicles to accurately navigate while remaining below the ocean’s surface. (May 2016)