Welcome!

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'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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Upcoming Events

RPE-016: The Gremlins in the Cloud
Registration Open! RPE-016: The Gremlins in the Cloud

November, 2021. In this event, we are hunting gremlins in the cloud. We are looking for defensive participants who can configure security services and install software (if required) to detect previously executed attacks and monitor live to detect new attacks that are launched. We have $15,000 (USD) in prizes to give away to the best performers as determined by us! Registration is now open!

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Imagine Cyber-Cocktails and Conversation
Just Announced! Imagine Cyber-Cocktails and Conversation

November 3, 2021 | 4-6pm EST. Help Young Women in Cyber! Join MISI and the MISI Academy as we discuss cyber internship scholarships for young women. Registration is $25 Per Person. We hope you can join us!

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6th Annual Cyber Future Summit 2021
6th Annual Cyber Future Summit 2021

October 20-22, 2021. The Cyber Future Summit is a unique event that gathers global thinkers, executive leaders and action-oriented practitioners focusing on building a collaborative and trusted global platform for cyber. The Summit theme this year is "Resurgent Humanity, Resilient Cyberspace" which reflects our tryst with the two biggest challenges facing us during our time, fighting our way out of the pandemic and the myriad cyber challenges that have been holding us hostage.

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AI & Quantum Computing Symposium
AI & Quantum Computing Symposium

October 21-22, 2021. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Computing are transformational technologies that will fundamentally change how we observe, interpret, and interact with the world of data that surrounds us. This symposium will focus on the state of the art in AI and Quantum Computing, touch upon the convergence of these two transformational technologies, and provide insights on future R&D opportunities from thought leaders in the field.

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Cybersecurity Demo Day
Cybersecurity Demo Day

October 26, 2021. Purdue@WestGate in partnership with Purdue MEP + Purdue CyberTAP invite you to WestGate Academy for a full day, in-person event focused on current challenges of the Cybersecurity industry. Join us for networking, panel discussions and more as we assess all aspects of cyber threats in education, small businesses and DoD contractors.

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2021 ICS Cyber Security Conference
2021 ICS Cyber Security Conference

October 26-28, 2021. SecurityWeek's ICS Cyber Security Conference is the conference where ICS users, ICS vendors, system security providers and government representatives meet to discuss the latest cyber-incidents, analyze their causes and cooperate on solutions. Since its first edition in 2002, the conference has attracted a continually rising interest as both the stakes of critical infrastructure protection and the distinctiveness of securing ICSs become increasingly apparent.

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Container Security Lunch & Learn with Red Hat
Container Security Lunch & Learn with Red Hat

October 27, 2021 | 1pm EST. Red Hat will provide a one hour Lunch and Learn presentation on Container Security, presented by Alex Jacocks. The discussion will focus on how Red Hat technologies enables you to secure the host kernel and secure containers from each other giving you better resource utilization and operational consistency in your environment. Alex will also discuss how SELinux provides an additional layer of security with your containers and how Red Hat’s Container Security process helps reduce attack surfaces.

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Triangle InfoSeCon 2021
Triangle InfoSeCon 2021

October 28-29, 2021. Triangle InfoSeCon is the largest annual Information Security conference in the area and is the flagship event of the Raleigh Chapter of the Information System Security Association. Join us for another insightful conference while networking with the nations innovators. Featuring keynote speaker Armando Seay, Co-Founder & Director of MISI.

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RPE-014: Rossum's Universal Robots
RPE-014: Rossum's Universal Robots

September-November, 2021. This event is 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. We have $10,000 USD in prizes to give away to the best performers as determined by us! Registration is open!

Machine Learning influences almost everything MISI does at DreamPort, and we want to bring new people into the fold. In honor of DreamValley's second anniversary, we created this challenge.

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RPE-015: Sage and Sentry
RPE-015: Sage and Sentry

September-October, 2021. In this event we are studying solutions (software and techniques) for performing analytics against cyber threat information. We have $15,000 (USD) in prizes to give away to the best performers as determined by us! Registration is now open!

We have defined a fictitious threat actor named DreadRiver (adversary) who has been reportedly attacking other cities, and our DreamValley would prefer to refine its defenses. What they now need is the combined power of a Sage and Sentry. Registration is now closed.

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Red Hat® Summit 2021
Red Hat® Summit 2021

October-December, 2021. Red Hat® Summit 2021 is expanding to fit your open source journey by featuring an all-new flexible approach. Designed to be more accessible than ever before, these events will provide a mix of innovation, collaboration, and learning opportunities. Gain insights from breakout sessions and technical content geared toward the topics most relevant to your career. You can also interact live with Red Hat professionals.

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DISA TEM: Prophecy Americas/Snare Solutions
DISA TEM: Prophecy Americas/Snare Solutions

November 2, 2021 | 10-11am EST. 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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DISA TEM: Dynamite Analytics
DISA TEM: Dynamite Analytics

November 3, 2021 | 10-11am EST. 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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CMMC: Policy and Technical Requirements
CMMC: Policy and Technical Requirements

November 3, 2021 | 2-4pm EST. This course will provide an overview of the Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements from a governments contracts and a data security perspective. The course begins with a foundation in the law and regulatory requirements required today and in the near future. Then the course will examine what it takes for defense contractors to address CMMC requirements and satisfy associated audits, by delving into the CMMC domains, levels of maturity, and practical approaches to building a CMMC governance program.

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DISA TEM: HackerOne
DISA TEM: HackerOne

November 4, 2021 | 10-11am EST. 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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NVIDIA GTC
NVIDIA GTC

November 8-11, 2021. NVIDIA GTC is more than a must-attend AI conference for developers. It’s a global experience that brings together thousands of innovators, researchers, thought leaders, and decision-makers who are shaping our world with the power of AI, computer graphics, data science, and more.

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ICS Security Training
ICS Security Training

November 15-19, 2021. MISI Academy in partnership with UMBC Training Centers and Fortiphy Logic is offering a 5-day ICS Security Training course. The course combines foundational lecture content with innovative lab modules featuring 3D simulated ICS facilities to prepare users for assessing and defending their ICS networks. Attendees can participate either physically at DreamPort or virtually in the course.

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AvengerCon VI
AvengerCon VI: Ransomware – Flipping the Script

November 29-30, 2021. AvengerCon is a free security event hosted every fall by Maryland Innovation and Security Institute to benefit the hackers of the U.S. Cyber Command community and the U.S. Army 780th Military Intelligence Brigade. The event is open to all service members and employees of U.S. Cyber Command and Department of Defense personnel supporting cyberspace missions. AvengerCon features presentations, hacker villages, training workshops, and much more.

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Notices & Opportunities

Registration Open! RPE-016: The Gremlins in the Cloud

November, 2021. In this event, we are hunting gremlins in the cloud. We are looking for defensive participants who can configure security services and install software (if required) to detect previously executed attacks and monitor live to detect new attacks that are launched. We have $15,000 (USD) in prizes to give away to the best performers as determined by us! Registration closes October 29

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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.

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. 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.

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.

Read what we learned.
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.

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.