By Elizabeth Montalbano
September 2, 2010
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a new
program aimed at quickly finding and stopping insiders from trying to
steal information from Department of Defense (DoD) computer networks for
use against the federal government.
To develop its Cyber Insider Threat program, or CINDER, DARPA is
"soliciting novel approaches to insider threat detection that greatly
increase the accuracy, rate, and speed of detection and that impede the
ability of adversaries to operate within government and military
interest networks," according to a presolicitation notice posted on
In the notice, DARPA describes an insider threat as any within the DoD's
communications or computer-network environment being performed "in
support of an adversary mission or goal."
For CINDER, DARPA is taking an approach that already assumes systems and
networks have been compromised. Starting from there, the agency will
take a three-phased approach, it said.
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