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
March 28, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Chainalysis is the blockchain analysis company that powers intelligence analysis and cyber forensics investigations with real-time cryptocurrency information. Conference ID: 733 196 225#Join Teams
DISA-TEM: SS&C Blue Prism
March 29, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. SS&C Blue Prism is an American based multinational financial technology company with over 20 years’ experience successfully delivering Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Automation (IA), which it defines as RPA enabled with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), cognitive and other disruptive technologies, to more than 20,000 customers around the globe. Conference ID: 874 657 470#Join Teams
March 30, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. ForAllSecure combines traditional fuzzing techniques with symbolic execution to automatically reason through code using formal analysis ultimately saving teams time and money. Conference ID: 739 369 424#Join Teams
April 4, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Denodo's industry leading solution allows your organization to embrace the use of data fabric by ingesting data from disparate platforms within the data center and tactical edge. And aggregate data for the end-users which can be shared with other DoD Commands and outside the DoD. Conference ID: 664 207 366#Join Teams
DISA-TEM: Syncopated Engineering
April 5, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Mockingbird provides RF signal generation, spectral analysis and signal capture in a compact, rugged, software defined RF test system that enables rapid testing and verification of RF systems in the lab and in the field. Conference ID: 203 286 155#Join Teams
USCYBERCOM Academic Engagement Network (AEN) Tech Talk Series: ARCYBER
April 5, 2023. Join us for a series of virtual events as we discuss capabilities of the Cyber Mission Force, and to discover ways we engage with military services, industry, research community, academia, to enable U.S. Cyber Command's operational mission.Register for the Event
April 6, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. PQShield is uniquely positioned to support the adoption of PQC algorithms in DoD networks and operational systems. PQShield was actively involved in the development of the new NIST standard algorithms and we have commercial implementations of these algorithms. Conference ID: 867 142 49#Join Teams
April 11, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. For the enemy, hacking end-users is a remarkably cheap, pervasive, and effective methodology to compromise an organization. KeyStrike prevents the attacker from pivoting further into the organization by hijacking workstations, even when the workstations are under remote control by the attacker, effectively neutralizing lateral movement of the enemy. Conference ID: 247 145 428#Join Teams
DISA-TEM: Pure Storage
April 12, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Pure's cloud data services, infrastructure, and management solutions extend a modern data storage experience across all your data—both on-premises and in the public cloud, making that data fast, shared, and on-demand; globally reliable and secure; and hybrid by design. We're enabling true hybrid operations – so you can build your cloud, run applications anywhere, and protect data everywhere. Conference ID: 533 587 529#Join Teams
April 13, 2023 | 1100 - 1200 ET. Cohesity's Modern Data management and disaster recovery in compliance with the US ARMY and DOD regulatory guidelines. Providing software-defined, unified data management allows easy usability with the vast array of legacy appliances owned by DOD users or purchased through small business-approved vendors. Conference ID: 536 685 873#Join Teams
USCYBERCOM Academic Engagement Network (AEN) Tech Talk Series: MARFORCYBER
May 3, 2023. Join us for a series of virtual events as we discuss capabilities of the Cyber Mission Force, and to discover ways we engage with military services, industry, research community, academia, to enable U.S. Cyber Command's operational mission.Register for the Event
USCYBERCOM Academic Engagement Network (AEN) Tech Talk Series: CGCYBER
May 17, 2023. Join us for a series of virtual events as we discuss capabilities of the Cyber Mission Force, and to discover ways we engage with military services, industry, research community, academia, to enable U.S. Cyber Command's operational mission.Register for the Event
USCYBERCOM Academic Engagement Network (AEN) Tech Talk Series: USCC J2
May 31, 2023. Join us for a series of virtual events as we discuss capabilities of the Cyber Mission Force, and to discover ways we engage with military services, industry, research community, academia, to enable U.S. Cyber Command's operational mission.Register for the Event
Hack the Building 2.0 - Hospital Edition
September 18-22, 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)
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.Read more about this event here.
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.Read more about this event here.
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.Read more about this event here.
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.Read more about this event here.
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.Read more about this event here.
RPE-018: Congratulations to BigBear AI as the winning Blue Team and to Heilig Defense as the winning Red Team
RPE-019: Congratulations to Top Performer "BoozCrew"!
The BoozCrew team, consisting of Booz Allen and Horizon3.ai, leveraged Horizon3's NodeZero automated pentest solution and Booz Allen's human penetration testers to attempt to discover and exploit the weaknesses in the virtualized infrastructure created for this challenge. We thank them for their time and effort!Read more about this event here.
Congratulations to Graphistry for winning RPE-020: Seeing the Forest for the Trees!
First, we want to thank all who participated! Second, we are happy to announce that Graphistry was the winner of RPE-020 with their GrAI-Vi solution. Graphistry truly embraced the RPE's Alert Volume Reduction challenge, demonstrating robust AI/ML approaches to achieve a 97% reduction in RPE data set alert volume while highlighting patterns that could also support triage and threat hunting cases.Read more about this event here.
We are happy to announce that the top performer of RPE-021 was Cryptic Vector, with Blue Ridge Dynamics coming in a very close second place!
First, we would like to thank all of you for your time and efforts! Second, we are happy to announce that the top performer of RPE-021 was Cryptic Vector, with Blue Ridge Dynamics coming in a very close second place. Both companies produced modern, aesthetically pleasing OCO visualizations that updated dynamically as the underlying data was updated. Both solutions also addressed all mandatory and desired features. We consider RPE-021 to be a great success, and we look forward to seeing you at future DreamPort Rapid Prototyping Events!Read more about this event here.
DreamPort Columbia Location
7000 Columbia Gateway, Suite 150
Columbia, MD 21046
p: + 1 443 626 4450
Mon – Thurs: 0700 – 1800
Friday: 0700 – 1700
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.