News & Events

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News

Cyber Command partners for a cyber prototyping environment

September 7, 2018 — U.S. Cyber Command is standing up a cyber version of SOFWERX, the public-private partnership run through Special Operations Command to foster greater innovation for rapid solutions.

DreamPort, run by the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute through a partnership intermediary agreement with Cyber Command, is described as a state-of-the-art facility where companies can bring in their capabilities to be worked on.

Read more at Fifth Domain


Cybersecurity Innovator Selects COPT's Columbia Gateway for Headquarters Location

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Corporate Office Properties Trust ("COPT" or the "Company") (NYSE: OFC) has executed an 18,000 square foot lease with The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute ("MISI") in the Columbia Gateway Business & Innovation Center in Columbia, Maryland.

Read more at Business Wire


Columbia innovation center will work with Cyber Command on new technology

June 19, 2018 — A Baltimore-based nonprofit is working with U.S. Cyber Command to bring business, government and academic leaders together to work on new technology.

Read more at Technical.ly Baltimore


USCYBERCOM Awards Cyber Innovation Contract to MISI

Baltimore, MD, June 12, 2018 — The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (MISI) has been awarded a five-year Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) by United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to innovate new technologies in an unclassified, state-of-the-art facility located in Columbia, MD.

As part of the PIA, MISI will engage small businesses, entrepreneurs, academia, traditional businesses and others to build an innovation, collaboration, and prototyping facility called DreamPort. This facility will foster collaboration and prototyping in highly configurable laboratories, co-working spaces, project rooms, and conference facilities. Once established, the DreamPort will host collaborative, technical interchange meetings, monthly rapid prototyping events, and provide daily access to their cutting-edge facilities. The DreamPort will also host two STEM events annually to inspire future cyber warriors and defenders.

MISI will also assemble a network of cyber organizations and professionals referred to as the Partnership Network, and deliver an information portal, DreamFinder. The synergism of the DreamPort, Partnership Network, and DreamFinder will accelerate the delivery of innovative solutions to USCYBERCOM.

"We are honored to establish and operate this USCYBERCOM innovation facility," said Karl Gumtow, the MISI Director, "I am most excited about accessing the innovative solutions created when small businesses and academia are engaged, even though these are not normally used in US Government solutions. The community doesn't have to wait until the physical facility is completed to engage. They can go to our website and sign-up to learn more about the DreamPort as well as register to be a cyber-subject matter expert for upcoming collaboration and prototyping events."

MISI's startup partners include several community innovators such as SINET, FBC, CyberPoint, the Johns Hopkins University, University System of Maryland, and the George Washington University.

Learn more about the DreamPort at dreamport.tech or contact Karl Gumtow at kgumtow@misi.tech.

About the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute

MISI is a non-profit formed exclusively to further and promote charitable, educational, and scientific purposes including, but not limited to, furthering innovation in cybersecurity through education, global technology partnerships, investment, and community engagement to create a collaborative network of subject matter experts and cyber professionals. To learn more, visit misi.tech.

Upcoming Events

RPE-002: The Turing Test
In honor of Alan Turing, DreamPort plans to put on their own 'Turing Test'. In 1950, Alan Turing conceived of the idea to identify in a conversation between two entities, which entity was a robot, and which was human. Our DreamPort Turing Test will be an RPE competition where participants implement an 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. This RPE will use the DreamPort HQ network which will include both virtual and physical endpoints, servers and common services including connectivity to the Internet. Read more here.

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 is playing the Shepard trying to spot the wolf in the flock. DreamPort plans to execute an RPE competition where participants design, implement or enhance user activity monitoring (UAM) solutions for detecting live and recent insider threat attacks or unauthorized activities. DreamPort is interested in identifying UAM solutions that employ advanced real-time analysis of multiple data sources for detecting unauthorized activities. DreamPort will again use HQ (from our first RPE) but this time setup a we will use live portions of the HQ environment consisting of Windows and Linux machines (endpoints and servers) and use human actors to interact with this environment in real-time. During the RPE, one or more of these actors will be 'bad' and will execute unauthorized actions at any time. Participants must install their solutions within HQ and attempt to detect these bad actors as quickly as possible. The solution(s) which detect all of the unauthorized actions will be deemed a winner'. Read more here.

RPE-004: The Needles in the Haystack
How difficult is it to actually find a needle in a haystack? We are going to find out. DreamPort plans to execute an RPE competition where participants design and implement a solution for automatically identifying the most important assets (needles) on the DreamPort HQ network (haystack) without any prior human knowledge. HQ is the network we used and will continue to use in multiple RPE. Our ideal candidate solution must be able to monitor a network via packet capture (PCAP) only, and automatically identify critical computers or endpoints on the network. A critical endpoint is a computer, server or hardware device which if it was powered down or destroyed, users can not do their job as effectively or possibly at all. When enough critical assets are disabled the network serves no purpose. When a network is compromised or under investigation for potential compromise, responders may have little to no knowledge of the design of the network upon arrival. Where are user workstations? Where are servers? What is the most important service on the network (by active user count or system CPU/memory utilization)? They may or may not be able to interview any support personnel, but they may also have no time available to perform their investigation. Read more here.

Completed Events

DreamPort First Rapid Prototyping Event
"The Chameleon and the Snake" specifically targets malware signature diversity and signature measurement for Microsoft Windows (x86 and amd64) in a simulated operational environment at a realistic pace. Read more here.