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 the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute 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?

The DreamPort welcomes all, but we have to know about you. We hold daily, monthly, and quarterly events 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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Defense Industrial Base Outreach

Cybersecurity threats exploit the increased complexity and connectivity of critical infrastructure and their systems, placing the Nation's security, economy, and public safety and health at risk. Similar to financial and reputational risks, cybersecurity risk affects a company's bottom line as well as our nations' security. Further, it can harm an organization's ability to innovate and to gain and maintain the United States' competitive advantage. Register for the information session on June 28. Responses due on July 19. Cash prize of $25,000!

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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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DISA Call for White Papers

Technologies, and technology-based companies, advance so rapidly that the Department of Defense is finding it difficult to contractually engage, collaborate, and do business with high-tech companies. In an effort to make this process easier, DISA will periodically post Requests for White Papers inviting companies leading innovation to submit their solutions to the Agency's capability gaps, problem statements, or areas of interest. Deadline extended to June 14!

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Upcoming Events

RPE-003: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
The Red Hat Ansible Boot Camp

Ansible Tower will enable you to create playbooks, while building in security. Automation features will save time, empower junior staff, offload senior staff and automate your most tedious tasks! Event is May 30, 3 - 7pm.

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Splunk Discovery

Streamline your security practice so you can respond to incidents at machine speed, minimize risk and improve incident response in no time flat. Event is June 6, 8:30am - 12pm.

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RPE-003: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Tech Talk Series: How DevOps and Automation can Accelerate Warfighting Readiness

Come hear NetApp's own DevOps journey and lessons learned and see how NetApp has equipped large enterprises to change fast and manage risk, with its deep integration with DevOps tools. Event is June 19, 10am - 2pm.

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Securing Critical ICS Infrastructure & Solutions and Tips for Complying with DoD Cyber Regulations Panel
Securing Critical ICS Infrastructure & Solutions and Tips for Complying with DoD Cyber Regulations Panel

Join experts from the National Security Agency, USCYBERCOM and the Department of Defense along with CTOs, CISOs from industry and major solution providers for a panel discussion on the state of ICS/SCADA/IoT cybersecurity resiliency. On June 20, the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute, DreamPort and its board of directors invites you to participate as an industry or expert panelist on the state of ICS/SCADA/IoT cybersecurity resiliency.

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RPE-003: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
RPE-006: The Defense at Pemberton Mill

We'll be looking for solutions that monitor the ACME network for vulnerabilities and detect cyber-attacks in progress. We want participants to bring solutions for monitoring a combination of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) networks both in live (with network taps) and offline (PCAP) mode. This event is June 21. Registration is now full.

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DreamPort Future RPEs Registration
DreamPort Future RPEs Registration

Over the last several weeks, DreamPort drafted several candidate RPEs in conjunction with USCYBERCOM. Please review candidate RPE descriptions, and indicate your interest and detail why you should be involved in any or all of the RPEs. There is no limit on how many you can register for.

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DreamPort Coffee & Conversation
DreamPort Coffee & Conversation

Our next DreamPort Coffee and Conversation event will be Monday, May 13th this month. (We will not have one on Memorial Day). This event is held every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7 – 10am (barring holidays), and is a great way to interact with DreamPort and USCYBERCOM staff, as well as to network with your colleagues! The format is free-flowing conversation, with no formal presentations. As always, there is no need to register. We hope to see you there!

What have we learned from our 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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Meet the Team

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Want to demo your technology, or want to get a demo of some of ours? Let's meet.

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Now Open!

DreamPort Columbia Location
7000 Columbia Gateway, Suite 150
Columbia, MD 21046

We are still putting some finishing touches on our new facility, but we are officially open! Curious, and in the area? Schedule a tour.

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.