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).
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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.Register Now
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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
Just Announced: RPE-021: Visualizing the Future
January 17-19, 2023. In this rapid prototyping event we are seeking innovative visualizations to support penetration testing and offensive cyber operations. We encourage participation from students at colleges, universities, small businesses, and other non-traditional participants.Register for the event
WiCyS MAA's 2022 End of Year Social
December 10, 2022. This year's theme is "Brunch & Build". As we wrap up 2022, we welcome you to our end of year social being hosted at the Dreamport Facility in Columbia, MD. We couldn't have done it without you and cannot wait to fellowship! We are currently seeking sponsors for the event. Please reach out to email@example.com for more information.Learn More & to Register (External)
Hack the Building 2.0 - Hospital Edition
April 18, 2023. Call for speakers, sponsors, technical content and exhibitors! This event will be a unique opportunity to engage with cybersecurity leaders from academia, the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Defense, industry and more. If you would like to sponsor, present or get more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister for the Event (External)
DISA TEM: Elastic
December 7, 2022 | 1100 - 1200 ET. The Elastic Stack is a single, open, search-based data platform that supports multiple use cases across Federal, including the DoD, IC and Civ.Join us as we discuss how other SA’s and CC’s are utilizing Elastic to solve their mission needs. Conference ID: 893 206 680#Join Teams
DISA TEM: World Wide Technology & Morpheus
December 8, 2022 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Morpheus is a powerful self-service engine to provide agility, control, and efficiency for Federal, State, and Local Agencies as well as the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. Conference ID: 725 269 23#Join Teams
DISA TEM: Apptio
December 13, 2022 | 1100 - 1200 ET. When fully employed, Apptio enables Dynamic PPBE and accelerates the delivery force-multiplying effects. Apptio also supports “Readiness with Compliance” initiatives through standard TBM reporting capabilities as required by OSD. Conference ID: 833 857 784#Join Teams
DISA TEM: Racktop Systems
December 14, 2022 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Stop ransomware and data theft in real-time with cyberstorage. BrickStor SP actively defends SMB and NFS file shares, ensuring your most valuable data assets are protected from sabotage, ransomware attacks, and malicious insiders. Conference ID: 840 896 815#Join Teams
DISA TEM: DivIHN Integration
December 15, 2022 | 1100 - 1200 ET. When it comes to making rapid, mission-critical decisions, heterogenous, and transient data sources present challenges to decision makers. TriggerWare (partially funded by Darpa/ NSF), a near real-time situation awareness technology (using AI/ML) will enable decision makers to act quickly and effectively. Conference ID: 840 896 815#Join Teams
DISA TEM: Element
January 10, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Element provides a unique and innovative solutions platform that answers the critical problem of fragmented information exchange and management systems that proliferate in the civilian and military domains. This bridging capability extends from proprietary services such as MS Teams, providing a single platform from which to manage multiple information and communication streams. Conference ID: 904 912 810#Join Teams
DISA TEM: BeyondTrust
January 11, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Among the more acute challenges to enterprise ICAM and Zero Trust initiatives are scalability, interoperability, and complexity. During this Technical Exchange Meeting, BeyondTrust will provide a briefing on the role of Privileged Access Management (PAM) within the ICAM construct and their solution’s unique ability to support scalability and interoperability and to reduce complexity. Conference ID: 513 645 572#Join Teams
DISA TEM: Varonis
January 12, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Varonis is a Data Security Platform designed to protect unstructured data at rest--on-premises or in the cloud. It collects information about Active Directory, data stores, the perimeter, and access activity. With its sophisticated Classification Engine, Varonis scans for critical mission data across all data stores at-scale, understands who has access to it, and how they utilize that access. Conference ID: 786 584 877#Join Teams
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.Learn More
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.Review them Here
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. Read more and view all current and past RPEs here.
Lessons Learned and Winners
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.Read what we learned.
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.Read what we learned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technica Corporation completed RPE-017 as a top finisher utilizing their Graph Hunt Solution!
This event is open to students at all colleges, universities, professionals, and non-traditional participants who have experience in machine learning applications to network packet capture (PCAP) for automated anomalous behavior identification on a network that includes control systems.
RPE-018: Congratulations to BigBear AI as the winning Blue Team and to Heilig Defense as the winning Red Team
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.