DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) will fund the development of “advanced automated security capabilities” for cyber-defenses, DARPA spokesperson Brian Leary said in a statement on Wednesday.
“DARPA is committed to investing in new ways to advance cybersecurity in an effort to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure and the world’s most valuable assets,” Leary wrote in a press release.
“We have long advocated for the development and deployment of advanced automation capabilities to improve cyber-defense capabilities.
This program will provide DARPA with the capabilities to leverage these technologies in a manner that advances national security.”
Leary noted that the initiative will focus on developing technologies that can be deployed across the spectrum of cybersecurity capabilities.
“These capabilities will include both the development, and deployment, of capabilities that are useful for protecting critical infrastructure assets, such as critical energy networks, and military communications networks, such for protecting the nation’s vital national assets from attacks,” Learys statement continued.
“The development of such capabilities will also include the development or demonstration of the development tools, processes, and processes that can support the development,” he said.
“In addition, DARP will support other research in this area.”
In addition to supporting the development program, Leary emphasized the importance of “the continued development and implementation of a robust and comprehensive national cyber defense strategy.”
He noted that “this strategy should provide the United States with a comprehensive and comprehensive understanding of the threat landscape, including the threat actors, vulnerabilities, and vulnerabilities in our systems, that can enable us to anticipate and respond effectively to cyber-related threats.”
DARPA will fund three projects that are “complementary to the development efforts and will enable the development capabilities,” Learies statement added.
The first of these will focus “on improving automation of critical infrastructure systems,” Learish said.
The other two are the development “of advanced security technologies and capabilities that can protect critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks, including against malicious actors and cyber-criminal actors.”
The third project will focus specifically on the development in the field of cyber-surgical warfare, according to the statement.
“By improving the performance and efficiency of cybersecurity, we can achieve the goals of a secure and resilient nation and reduce the risk of cyber attacks,” said Leary.
“It is critical that we invest in the development.
Our work will also support our work on the Cybersecurity Strategy, and we are excited to have the opportunity to partner with DARPA on this important effort.”
The Department of Defense (DoD) will also lead the project that will “develop and test automation capabilities that will be used in the nation-wide security system of the future.”
Learys comments on the project follow reports in the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal that DARPA has announced that the program will fund “the development of advanced automated security technologies” to help “enhance national defense capabilities and counter threats to our national security interests.”
Learies press release also mentions that the DoD has “a strong cyber strategy” and that “we have long supported the development” of cybersecurity-related capabilities.
In March, Learys spokesperson confirmed that the agency had announced that it would fund the program.
In July, The Wall St. Journal reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had also announced it would spend $1 billion to fund the creation of a cybersecurity program.
“If DHS’s goal is to keep its cyber defenses in place and secure, it will be very helpful to get the right technology,” Learying said at the time.
The agency is also working on an effort that would fund an “advancing robotic system” to “increase the capabilities of cybersecurity systems.”
The funding of the DARPA project is a significant shift for the agency, which previously had not previously supported a cybersecurity initiative.
DARPA previously funded a project in the 1980s called Cyber Security Concepts, and the agency supported the efforts of two researchers at the Computer Security Research Center in California.
In 2000, the agency also funded a research project in cyber-espionage called Cyber Warfare, which included the development to “improve the capabilities” of the military’s cyber operations.
The DoD said that the Cyber Warfare project was part of a larger effort to “develop better cybersecurity capability and increase the effectiveness of our nation-states cyber capabilities.”
In April, The Intercept reported that several federal agencies, including DARPA, had been investigating how to develop autonomous weapons systems.
The Intercept stated that the project was being funded by the Department in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force, the Department’s cyber warfare research arm.
According to The Intercept, “Darpa’s Cyber Warfare Research Center was responsible for developing the concept of automated weapons systems, which was developed to be an extension of a concept developed by the Joint Global Strike Command in the 1990s.”
According to the Intercept, the project has “not been publicly revealed,” but the Air Force has