DARPA looks to Raytheon to help root out cyber security insider threats

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DULLES, Va., 7 Aug. 2011. Cyber security experts at the Information Security Solutions business of the Raytheon Co. Intelligence and Information Systems segment in Dulles, Va., will help U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) researchers detect and deter insider threats to DOD computer systems and protect classified information by detecting anomalies in massive data sets.

Scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., chose Raytheon to participate in the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS) program to create information security computer algorithms to detect and characterize anomalies in large data sets to pinpoint employees or other insiders attempting to steal sensitive information, insert computer viruses, or carry out other malicious acts. Terms of the DARPA contract to Raytheon were not disclosed.

Raytheon cyber security experts will collect data using the company's SureView endpoint audit and investigation solution, company officials say. The goal of ADAMS is to detect anomalous behaviors shortly after a trusted insider begins committing malicious acts. ADAMS will capitalize on massive data sets from computer users in live, operational environments.

DARPA scientists say they want ADAMS technology to enhance the capabilities of existing cyber security sensors. SureView captures malicious activity by watching computer user behavior for policy violations and suspicious activity like accessing classified or proprietary data and sending it outside protective cyber firewalls.

For more information contact Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems online at http://www.raytheon.com/businesses/riis, or DARPA at www.darpa.mil.

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