Perspecta Labs Wins DARPA Contract for Configuration Security Program

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Dr. Petros Mouchtaris, Perspecta Labs

Perspecta’s innovative research arm, Perspecta Labs, has been awarded a prime contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to to support a program that will automatically configure security settings on systems used in military platforms.

The contract for the Configuration Security, or ConSec, program represents new work for the company and has a base value of $5.4 million. The contract consists of three phases over a 3.5-year performance period.

The goal of the ConSec program is to develop technologies that can automatically generate, deploy and enforce configurations of components and subsystems for use in military platforms, critical infrastructure and network-connected systems for the internet of things. The configurations must deliver needed functionality and performance while also mitigating vulnerabilities and minimizing the attack surface.

Under the contract, Perspecta Labs team will design, develop, demonstrate, test and deliver what’s known as the Optimized Context-specific Configuration for Attack Surface Minimization, or OCCAM, system. OCCAM aims to automatically generate correct and secure configurations, rapidly and at scale.

“Perspecta Labs will draw on its rich portfolio of research and development in machine learning and cybersecurity to deliver this work,” said Petros Mouchtaris, president of Perspecta Labs. “We are excited to bring our innovative techniques to identify, correct and prevent configuration errors in complex networks and distributed systems to our DARPA partner in support of their mission to improve security to critical military and commercial platforms.”

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