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.Register Now
Cyber Conversation & Coffee (C3) December 9
Due to the Holidays, there will only be one Cyber Conversation & Coffee in December on the 9th. Please register for this event on the DreamPort website so we can get an idea of how many people to expect.Learn More
RPE: The Broken Gear in the Watch
NOTE NEW DATE: On January 14-16, 2020, we want to test 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 should be prepared to analyze firmware images.Learn More
OpenC2 Plug Fest
OpenC2 is a recently released suite of OASIS specifications that define a standard language for command and control of cyber defense technologies. DreamPort has graciously offered to host the first OpenC2 Plug Fest on January 27 and 28, 2020.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.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.
Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM)
This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to conduct research, development, and testing activities associated with Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) activities. New Extended Due Date is 14 November, 2019 @ 12:00pm EST.
Small Business Industry Day Slides Now Available
Did you attend the recent Small Business Industry Day event, or did you want to and weren't able to attend? Well, now you can request to download the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) roadmap slides presented at DreamPort's Small Business Industry Day by Katie Arrington on July 16, 2019!
New Draft of CMMC Available
You can now request the draft of the new (v0.6). Draft Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) v0.6 is now available, and includes several changes to the standard. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense released the draft on November 8th to allow industry a look at what it can expect when the final CMMC revision is published.
What have we learned from our events?
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.
Get to Know Us
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.