DARPA looks to strengthen software

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WHAT: A broad agency announcement calling for research support for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Information Innovation Office.

WHY: The current approach to computer security is insufficient, in part because patching vulnerabilities can introduce more vulnerabilities, according to DARPA’s Information Innovation Office. The office is seeking “to change this paradigm through the creation of software that is inherently resilient to attack and computing architectures that can be rapidly restored following an attack.” 

The BAA’s support for more resilient computing architectures extends to research areas such as software diversity and automated cyber response. The research could apply to a range of IT systems or architectures, including industrial systems, military systems and enterprise networks, the announcement said.

The announcement’s broad language leaves it open to a panoply of proposals, so long as they are different from the office’s ongoing projects. Funding for individual awards has not been set and will be based on the quality of the proposals, the BAA said.

Click here to read the BAA. Abstracts are due June 10, 2016, and proposals are due Aug. 2, 2016.

Posted by Sean Lyngaas on Aug 10, 2015 at 2:09 PM


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