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DreamPort is a combination of state-of-the-art facilities, innovative programs, and imaginative people charged with finding that spark that leads to unparalleled capability for USCYBERCOM and the warfighters at large.

Located in Columbia, Maryland, DreamPort was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between MISI and United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM).

Notice for all interested parties to DreamPort events: Announcement of DreamPort events that are considered to have high potential for further efforts that may be accomplished via FAR-based contracting instruments, Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for Prototype Projects 10 USC 2371b, Prizes for advanced technology achievements 10 USC 2374a, and/or Prize Competitions 15 USC 3719, may be made at the dreamport.tech website. All announcements made at the dreamport.tech website are considered to satisfy the reasonable effort to obtain competition in accordance with 10 USC 2374a (b), 15 USC 3719 (e) and 10 USC 2371b (b)(2). All FAR based actions will follow announcement procedures per FAR 5.201(b) accordingly.

Why Register for DreamPort?

DreamPort welcomes all, but we'd like to know a little about you. We hold daily, monthly, and quarterly events, some by invitation only. By registering with the DreamPort you will receive our periodic emails about upcoming events, new services and capabilities, and mentoring opportunities. We provide a place where you can upload a resume, abstract or other document that describes who you are, what you are expert at, and how you want to help.

This information can also be about your organization or company. We use the information you provide to learn more about your interests and expertise. For example, are you a cyber subject matter expert that would like to engage in a rapid prototyping event (RPE)? We look forward to having you as a part of the DreamPort Partnership Network.

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ALERT: DHS Issues Shields Up Advisory

Every organization in the United States is at risk from cyber threats that can disrupt essential services and potentially result in impacts to public safety. Over the past year, cyber incidents have impacted many companies, non-profits, and other organizations, large and small, across multiple sectors of the economy.

Notably, the Russian government has used cyber as a key component of their force projection over the last decade, including previously in Ukraine in the 2015 timeframe. The Russian government understands that disabling or destroying critical infrastructure—including power and communications—can augment pressure on a country's government, military and population and accelerate their acceding to Russian objectives.

While there are not currently any specific credible threats to the U.S. homeland, we are mindful of the potential for the Russian government to consider escalating its destabilizing actions in ways that may impact others outside of Ukraine.

Based on this situation, CISA has been working closely with our critical infrastructure partners over the past several months to ensure awareness of potential threats—part of a paradigm shift from being reactive to being proactive.

CISA recommends all organizations–regardless of size–adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets. Read More

CISA Shields Up

Upcoming Events

MindScape Tech Tuesdays: DevOps for NetOps
Just Announced: MindScape Tech Tuesdays: DevOps for NetOps

June 28, 2022 | 1100 – 1200 ET. Andy Stewart, Cisco, will discuss model driven DevOps for Netops to deliver enhanced orchestration, optimization, agility, flexibility and resiliency to result in a mission intent-based infrastructure. Learn about DevOps, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Automation, Source of Truth (SoT) and Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD).

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MindScape Tech Tuesdays: Log Analysis Training
Just Announced: MindScape Tech Tuesdays: Log Analysis Training

July 26, 2022 | 1100 – 1200 ET. Looking to learn more about Log Analysis? Join this advanced level log analysis training hosted by one of industry's leaders. This training is designed specifically for individuals who have a foundation in log analysis.

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USCYBERCOM Industry Day 2022
Just Announced: USCYBERCOM Industry Day 2022

June 14, 2021 | 0800 - 1700. Industry Day 2022 is an opportunity for USCYBERCOM to communicate its capability requirements and challenges to Industry. Strategic requirements will be presented via its Technical Challenge Problems as well as how USCYBERCOM will leverage its emerging cyber solutions to accelerate mission objectives.

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CyCon
CyCon

May 31 - June 3, 2022. All times: EEST (Eastern European Summer Time), UTC/GMT+3 | Throughout the years, the annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), has established itself as a major multidisciplinary conference on the technical, legal, policy, strategy and military perspectives of cyber defence and security. In just over a decade, CyCon has also become a community-building event for cyber security professionals.

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DISA TEM: Folio Photonics
DISA TEM: Folio Photonics

June 1, 2022 | 11am-12pm ET. Folio Photonics is developing a next-generation optical data storage solution that has the ability to reshape the archival storage ecosystem. Through our novel utilization of the co-extrusion manufacturing process, new nanophotonic materials, and optical engineering, we are able to create high capacity, low cost optical discs. Conference ID: 446 536 072#

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DISA TEM: Folio Photonics
DISA TEM: Folio Photonics

June 1, 2022 | 11am-12pm ET. Folio Photonics is developing a next-generation optical data storage solution that has the ability to reshape the archival storage ecosystem. Through our novel utilization of the co-extrusion manufacturing process, new nanophotonic materials, and optical engineering, we are able to create high capacity, low cost optical discs. Conference ID: 446 536 072#

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NICE Conference and Expo 2022
NICE Conference and Expo 2022

June 6-8, 2022. Hear MISI presenting at the upcoming NICE conference! The next National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo will take place June 6-8, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. A pre-conference virtual event is planned for November 2021 in lieu of no full conference for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NICE program is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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DISA TEM: Lookout
DISA TEM: Lookout

June 7, 2022 | 11am-12pm ET. Lookout provides a cloud-based security platform that helps secure any device to any cloud, public or private. The Lookout solution enables the worker/teleworker a secure method of communicating from any device and any application including Microsoft's O365 cloud or any DISA asset/datacenter. Conference ID: 145 905 030#

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2022 SINET 16 Innovator Application
2022 SINET 16 Innovator Application

Deadline to apply is June 6, 2022. To apply to the annual SINET16 Innovator Award program, companies must be a Cybersecurity product and/or services company, be completely autonomous (not part of a larger entity), have annual revenues of $15 Million dollars or less, and not have previously won the SINET16 Innovator Award.

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2022 Tech Center Science & Technology Accelerator Network Program
2022 Tech Center Science & Technology Accelerator Network Program

June 6-11, 2022. Accelerator Network Program, Newport News, Virginia. (Final day to Register an application, Friday May 6). Ideation to bring patented NASA Technology to Market.

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DISA TEM: Obsidian Security
DISA TEM: Obsidian Security

June 7, 2022 | 1-2pm ET. Obsidian offers the first truly comprehensive threat and posture management solution built for SaaS, enabling security teams to confidently protect Microsoft 365, Workday, ServiceNow, Salesforce and other business-critical applications. The company's platform consolidates data across the interconnected SaaS environment to harden configurations, reduce sensitive publicly exposed data, right-size over-privilege, and mitigate account compromises and insider threats. Conference ID: 187 303 204#

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DISA TEM: Proofpoint
DISA TEM: Proofpoint

June 8, 2022 | 11am-12pm ET. Email is a fundamental feature of modern government. It is also the No. 1 threat vector. In fact, more than 90% of threats arrive via email according to the FBI. Email attacks are constantly evolving–from phishing attacks to new forms of email threats, including those from your trusted technology partners and the defense industrial base. Some attacks include business email compromise (BEC), supply chain attacks, ransomware and cloud account compromise. Conference ID: 791 417 71#

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DISA TEM: Spry Squared/Eclypsium
DISA TEM: Spry Squared/Eclypsium

June 9, 2022 | 11am-12pm ET. Most modern security tools focus on security at the network, application, and OS levels, leaving firmware exposed and vulnerable to attack. Firmware houses the most permissions of any code on any system, attacks here can be especially dangerous. Without firmware visibility, organizations are left vulnerable and ripe for intrusion. The ability to monitor, alert, and manage firmware addresses a known vulnerability in overall cybersecurity management. Conference ID: 144 368 336#

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MISI's Summer 2022 Virtual Internship
MISI's Summer 2022 Virtual Internship

Intern with MISI this Summer 2022! Continuing our mission in building the future of cyber, we are excited to announce that MISI will offer its summer virtual internship experience again for rising high school juniors and seniors. The 6-week program will run daily from July 11 through August 19th. Applications are due by June 10th 2022.

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Purdue University Cybersecurity Camp
Purdue University Cybersecurity Camp

June 12-17, 2022. The Purdue University Cybersecurity Camp is the only residential GenCyber student program in the state of Indiana and the surrounding Midwestern states created for girls entering 9th - 12th grades. The camp is FREE to all accepted female students! Apply by Thursday, March 31, 2022 at midnight.

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DISA TEM: Corsha
DISA TEM: Corsha

June 14, 2022 | 11am-12pm ET. Corsha is on a mission to simplify API security and allow enterprises, developers, and DevSecOps teams to embrace modernization, complex deployments, and hybrid environments with confidence. Using a dynamic, blockchain-based machine identity, Corsha has developed a patented way to provide multi-factor authentication (MFA) for APIs, where API access may be pinned to only trusted machines. Conference ID: 919 535 865#

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DISA TEM: CyberArk
DISA TEM: CyberArk

June 15, 2022 | 11am-12pm ET. The CyberArk Identity Security Platform enforces least privilege and enables access across any device, anywhere, at just the right time. Architected for the modern enterprise, CyberArk is built on a foundation of Privileged Access Management and powered by artificial intelligence-based behavior and risk analytics. Conference ID: 882 585 97#

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MISI DreamPort Speaker Series with author Sounil Yu
MISI DreamPort Speaker Series with author Sounil Yu

July 13, 2022 | 1300-1500. The MISI DreamPort Speaker Series is hosting Sounil Yu, security innovation and author of the Cyber Defense Matrix. Sounil will present his new book that focuses on understanding the complex cybersecurity landscape. The Cyber Defense Matrix discusses the range of capabilities necessary for building, managing ad operating an effective security program. Sounil will be available to sign copies of the book after his speaking session. All sttendees will be provided a copy of the Cyber Defense Matrix. Come enjoy a good book, coffee and do some networking while your at it!

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Intro to Attacking ICS
Intro to Attacking ICS

July 26, 2022 | 0900 – 1600 ET. This 1-day course will impart foundational knowledge of common ICS attack methodologies. Topics covered will include basic ICS architecture, ICS protocols (including Modbus), vulnerable architectures and devices, and using python to automatically attack vulnerable situations.

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AWS re:Inforce 2022
AWS re:Inforce 2022

July 26-27, 2022. Join us in summer 2022 for two days to reinforce your AWS security posture. Discover how AWS is innovating in the world of cloud security, and then hone your technical skills in expert-led interactive sessions. You'll hear the latest from industry-leading speakers in security, compliance, identity, and privacy and meet fellow security professionals at our fun events.

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Industrial Control Systems Cyber Saturday
Industrial Control Systems Cyber Saturday

August 6, 2022. We invite any and all students in 6th – 12th grade interested in learning about industrial control systems cybersecurity for a fun filled day of hands on exercises and activities on August 6th 2022 at DreamPort in Columbia Maryland! We will introduce students to the critical infrastructure concepts and cybersecurity basics. These combined skills will be used for executing offensive physical scenarios that will result in visible damage or disruption. Students and their parents are invited to participate in the fun! All participants will need to bring a laptop. Breakfast & lunch will be provided! Physical participation only.

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Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Internship Summer & Fall 2022
Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Internship Summer & Fall 2022

The National Security Agency (NSA) in partnership with the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute (MISI) and the GBC MISI Academy seek applicants for an 8-week paid internship program designed for college seniors about to enter the technical workforce currently enrolled in an institution designated as a CAE-CD or CAE-CO by the National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. Dates for the Summer Internship are June 13 2022 – August 5, 2022 (Applications Close May 13). Dates for the Fall Internship are Sept 19, 2022 – Nov 11, 2022 (Applications Close Aug 12).

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OT-ISAC Summit 2022
OT-ISAC Summit 2022

September 7 - 8, 2022 | Singapore | Hybrid Event. Join DreamPort at This global conference on Operational Technology. MISI DreamPort Co-Founder and member of the Board Armando Seay will be part of this year's conference in Singapore. OT-ISAC Annual Summit will be in Hybrid event offering participants to attend in Virtual (online) and Live In person in Singapore. Bringing together OT/IT Experts and Practitioners in a Two-Day focused environment to share best practices and lessons learned that foster stakeholders to adapt and achieve mutual defence in protecting critical assets.

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2022 GRF Summit on Security & Third-Party Risk
2022 GRF Summit on Security & Third-Party Risk

October 27-28, 2022. Networking and Education on Critical Third-Party and Supply Chain Security Issues, for Mutual Resilience Against Cyber and Geopolitical Threats. Sessions will cover risk and vendor management, cybersecurity, intelligence sharing, geopolitical threat mitigation, and emerging compliance/regulation.

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Notices & Opportunities

Technical Exchange Meetings (TEMs)

The Technical Exchange Meeting (TEM) is a weekly event established and hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate and DOD Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO) as a means to collaborate with commercial entities, non-profit organizations, and academia. TEMs offer a platform for organizations to present technological advancements and innovations.

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Our Current Challenge Problems

DreamPort is excited to announce three challenge problems we will focus on over the next several months. The challenge problems can be divided into functional capability (e.g., vulnerability research) and enabling technologies (e.g., machine learning). We are ultimately looking for functional capability, but the underlying solution should integrate one or more of the enabling technologies. The three capability areas include: vulnerability research, signature diversity, and global awareness of malware.

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Download the latest version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification!

You can now request the initial implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) v1.02, which includes several changes to the standard. Also available are the appendices, errata, and the public briefing documents!

Submit your Request at MISI.tech

What is a Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE)

Similar to a hackathon, a rapid prototyping event is a gathering of subject matter experts committed to looking for new ways to solve a particular challenge. The subject matter experts can work alone, in teams, or as one collective group and are encouraged to now allow previous failures, standards, processes, and other impediment get in the way of breakthrough solutions and ideas. They are encouraged to identify and take risks that yield unexpected success. Unlike a hackathon, RPEs aren't limited to software challenges. The goal of an RPE is to create a useable prototype. These prototypes can be software code snippets, modified Internet of Things devices, plastics created in a 3D printer, or interesting robotic solutions to solve a problem to name a few. ead more and view all current and past RPEs here.

What have we learned from our RPE events?

RPE-001: The Chameleon & The Snake
RPE-001: The Chameleon & The Snake

This RPE specifically targeted malware signature diversity and signature measurement for Microsoft Windows (x86 and amd64) in a simulated operational environment at a realistic pace.

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RPE-003: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
RPE-003: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs published in 1894 includes the tale of the wolf in sheep's clothing. Just as in this tale, DreamPort played the Shepherd trying to spot the wolf in the flock. DreamPort executed an RPE competition where participants designed, implemented or enhanced user activity monitoring (UAM) solutions for detecting live and recent insider threat attacks or unauthorized activities.

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RPE: The Broken Gear in the Watch 2 Winner: CompSec Direct
Congratulations to CompSec Direct for winning RPE: The Broken Gear in the Watch 2!

We tested participant's abilities to find and mitigate vulnerabilities in open source embedded device firmware such as switches, routers and firewalls and other devices. During the actual event, participants also had to analyze firmware images.

RPE Winner
Congratulations to Technica Corp for winning RPE-014: Rossum's Universal Robots!

This event was open to all colleges, universities, individuals and non-traditional participants who have experience in machine learning applications to network packet capture (PCAP) for automated anomalous behavior identification.

RPE Winner
Congratulations to Seth Sites for winning RPE-015: Sage and Sentry!

In this event we defined a fictitious threat actor named DreadRiver (adversary) who has been reportedly attacking other cities, and our DreamValley would prefer to refine its defenses. In this event we are studying solutions (software and techniques) for performing analytics against cyber threat information.

RPE Winner
Congratulations to Panther Labs for winning RPE-016: The Gremlins in the Cloud!

We hunted gremlins in the cloud. BCR Industries survived 4 days of coordinated hacking in November of 2020, and they are back in business.

Our Facility

DreamPort Columbia Location
7000 Columbia Gateway, Suite 150
Columbia, MD 21046
p: + 1 443 626 4450

Columbia Gateway is very close to so many restaurants, hotels and other amenities that it was an easy choice to establish our DreamPort location. Destinations such as Columbia Gateway Retail, Columbia Restaurant Park, Columbia Crossing, Gateway Overlook, Dobbin Road Retail, Snowden Square, Stanford Boulevard Retail and Route 1 Retail are all within a 1.5 mile radius!

Why Columbia Gateway?

Columbia Gateway is near the BWI Airport and has 71 restaurants and 7 hotels in a 1.5 mile radius. You can walk, jog and bike on the nearby bike paths or visit excellent gyms in our building or down the road.