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Leap Ahead Technologies

In January 2008, the Bush Administration established the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) which called for development of “leap-ahead” technologies. In  February 2009, the Obama Administration reviewed the CNCI program and sustained the call for leap ahead R&D to achieve a reliable, resilient, and trustworthy digital infrastructure. The Leap Ahead Technologies project seeks to identify and execute research projects that may significantly advance current capabilities through moderate risk and high-payoff outcomes.

Leap-Ahead is focused on significant potential systems gains for the DHS S&T Directorate's Cyber Security Division (CSD) customer and operator organizations. This project currently includes two technical topic areas (TTA), awarded through Broad Agency Announcement 11-02. TTA #8 addresses Incident Response Communities. This effort includes skills, dynamics and effectiveness development of Cyber Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT), a research effort chosen and executed in collaboration with DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. TTA #11 addresses Hardware-Enabled Trust. Two efforts in Hardware-Enabled Zero-Day Protection (HEZDP) and Hardware Support for Malware Defense and End-to-End Trust were awarded. 

Leap-Ahead also includes smaller CSD seedling efforts that are selected based on a combination of user and technology insight concerning areas of potential payoff, where the seedling can lead to a full project based in the Leap-Ahead or a different program area. All Leap-Ahead projects include these characteristics: the potential for significant advancement, development/transition in concert with CSD customer organizations, and an ability to fit customer systems, infrastructure and concept of operations.

TTA 8 – Incident Response Communities

Prime: Dartmouth College | Sub: George Mason University; Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

Month YearDocument TitleDownload
October 2012I3P Project: What Makes a Good CSIRT?PDF (2.1 MB)

TTA 11 – Incident Response Communities 

Prime: Def-Logix | Sub: None

Month YearDocument TitleDownload
October 2012Hardware Enabled Zero Day Protection

PDF (2.1 MB)

Prime: IBM Research | Sub: None

Month YearDocument TitleDownload
October 2012Hardware Support for Malware Defense and End-to-End Trust

PDF (2.1 MB)

 

Last Published Date: October 23, 2013
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