Cybersecurity

IARPA eyes insider-threat tech

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The intelligence community's research arm wants to meet with researchers and companies to talk about advances in technologies that continuously monitor insider threats.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) said it will host a Proposers' Day conference April 16 to discuss its Scientific Advances to Continuous Insider Threat Evaluation (SCITE) program, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation.

The all-day conference in an as yet unspecified Washington, D.C., location will provide introductory information on SCITE and the research problems the program aims to address. The conference will also give interested parties an opportunity to ask questions, present their capabilities and identify potential partners.

SCITE seeks to develop and test methods to detect insider threats through two research tracks. The first track will develop a new class of indicators -- called active indicators -- and automated detection tools to ferret out individuals with privileged access who are engaged in malicious behaviors such as espionage, sabotage or violence. The SCITE program will develop and test a diverse array of potential active indicators.

The second track will develop inference enterprise models (IEMs) designed to forecast an enterprise's accuracy in detecting potential threats.

SCITE will develop flexible IEM approaches that can be used to forecast the performance of specified subsets of an enterprise, such as predicting the impact of a new tool on the enterprise’s ability to find instances of a specific behavior.

Participants must register by April 9.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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