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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 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?

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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Upcoming Events

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USC's Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Join us on Tuesday, January 28th, for a day-long training session, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year.

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Splunk Boss of the SOC (BOTS)

You're invited to an exciting upcoming Splunk Boss of the SOC (BOTS), a blue team capture the flag-esque competition Event is on January 29th from 10am-12pm.

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Tech Talk Series: Reducing the Attack Surface & Halting the Kill Chain with Unikernals
Tech Talk Series: Reducing the Attack Surface & Halting the Kill Chain with Unikernals

In this talk we will go into depth on what unikernels are, what their status is and how those interested can deploy unikernels to google cloud, aws, and others today. Event is on January 30th from 10am-12pm.

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The Red Hat Ansible Boot Camp
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 on February 6th from 3-7pm.

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Cyber Conversation & Coffee
Cyber Conversation & Coffee (C3) February 10, 2020

Our next Cyber Conversation & Coffee will be in February on the 10th. Please register for this event on the DreamPort website so we can get an idea of how many people to expect.

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RPE: The Rotten Apple in the Bushel
RPE: The Rotten Apple in the Bushel

NOTE NEW DATE: On February 11-13, 2020, we will infect hosts within the RodinCorp network we used in RPE-003 with malware and common attacks which will perpetrate the theft of user credentials. This network will operate as normally designed with users and automated processes constantly logging in and out (of a Windows domain), administrators logging and out of services such as the local firewall and SSH and users logging in and out of applications on the local network.

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Tech Talk Series: MISI Infrastructure - How We Create Fast and Repeatable Cloud Architecture
Tech Talk Series: MISI Infrastructure - How We Create Fast and Repeatable Cloud Architecture

At MISI, we are constantly spinning up new project environments for rapid prototyping. This talk is about how we do just that; how we use infrastructure as code to automate the deployment, configuration, and management of AWS cloud infrastructure. Event is on February 12th from 10am - 12pm.

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End to End Security with the Elastic Stack

Come hear how you can operationalize these tools to achieve your mission. You'll also see the exciting roadmap ahead for building security programs with the Elastic Stack that are designed to reduce the attack surface and evolve to match new challenges as the threat landscape shifts. Event is on February 12th, 9-3pm.

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Tech Talk Series: Modern Software Defined Architecture Lunch & Learn
Tech Talk Series: Modern Software Defined Architecture Lunch & Learn

Where an application tries to access a database, that's a perimeter. When a user elevates privilege to perform a sensitive operation, that's also a perimeter. The zero-trust model of security prompts you to question your assumptions of trust every time there's an access event. Event is on February 19th from 10am - 2pm.

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Tech Talk Series: Robotic Process Automation Lunch & Learn
Tech Talk Series: Robotic Process Automation Lunch & Learn

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has taken center stage as an excellent method of adding efficiency and revolutionizing the workplace. By automating tedious and manual tasks, RPA permits businesses the space to focus on other important future initiatives and developments. Event is March 4th from 11am - 1pm.

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Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Maturity Model <em>(CMMC)</em> Conference
Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC) Conference

On March 5, 2020, DreamPort and Eccalon will host Department of Defense leaders and cyber solution industry experts to provide industry with the latest update on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC).

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Cyber Conversation Speaker Series
Cyber Conversation Speaker Series with author Andy Greenberg

On March 11th, 2020 at 11:00am at the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute's (@MdMisi) DreamPort cyber capabilities and mission accelerator facility we will be hosting the first Cyber Conversation Speaker Series with author Andy Greenberg.

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Tech Talk Series: Deception & Active Defense for Election Security
Tech Talk Series: Deception & Active Defense for Election Security

The best way to keep up with the tactics that attackers use against us is through automated responses to high-fidelity events, and that is the promise that deception brings to cyber defenders. The talk will cover where deception technologies are today, the future of deception for cyber defense. Event is March 18th from 10am - 12pm.

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RPE: The Dangers in DreamValley
RPE: The Dangers in DreamValley

NOTE NEW DATE: On March 24-26, 2020, we are studying solutions (software and hardware) to monitor critical infrastructure by deploying them in a scale model city. For the purposes of this event in DreamValley we have several elements we define as critical infrastructure.

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The Turing Test Prize Challenge
The Turing Test Prize Challenge

In Spring of 2020, this will be a challenge event where participants develop a stand-alone automated process to interact with a Microsoft Windows machine just as a human user may do with the goal being to fool a human judge who is monitoring target computers via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or Virtual Network Computing (VNC) into thinking a normal user is interacting with that machine and not an automated program or process.

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New Draft of CMMC Available

You can now request the draft of the new (v0.7). Draft Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) v0.7 is now available, and includes several changes to the standard. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense released the draft on December 9th to allow industry a look at what it can expect when the final CMMC revision is published.

Submit your Request at MISI.tech

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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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.

Read what we learned.
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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Our Facility

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

We are now expanding, 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.