The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has selected BAE Systems to develop technology that will help the U.S. military and intelligence agencies forecast and detect cyber-attacks. The approximate lifetime value of the contract is $11.4 million.

Current cyber defense methods typically react to attacks already underway or completed. IARPA’s Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment (CAUSE) program aims to create new technology that will accurately predict threats and automatically provide timely warnings of cyber threats against participating organizations, allowing for defensive actions ahead of an attack.

BAE Systems is expected to develop predictive methods that combine existing advanced intrusion detection capabilities with publicly available data sources. Researchers will seek to identify leading indicators of an attack from vast, noisy external streams of data and then correlate related data from different sources to generate accurate, actionable warnings, said BAE Systems in a statement.

The company’s teammates on the program include StratumPoint, Digital Operatives, and University of Maryland professor David Maimon. BAE Systems’ work will be based at its facility in Arlington, Virginia.

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