DIA posts CSO call for digital forensics tech
On October 30, the Virginia Contracting Activity, on behalf of the Defense Intelligence Agency, posted a commercial solutions opening call for a Large Scale Digital Forensics Evaluation Prototype. Questions are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on November 13. White papers are due no later than 12:00 p.m. Eastern on November 27.
With increases in storage size, proliferation of Internet of Things, mobile devices and embedded microelectronics, DIA needs to be able to rapidly extract process and analyze large volumes of digital media. This includes extracting, storing, analyzing and making available to the community multi-petabyte (PB) “dirty” data artifacts, enabling search, and follow on analytics, including machine learning and access by external systems. “Dirty” data means that the data contains disturbing materials. DIA is seeking a prototype that will close this capability gap.
DIA is seeking to acquire a large scale digital forensics evaluation prototype, which the offeror shall integrate commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) commodity hardware and storage with a database solid-state appliance and COTS software as a technology demonstrator for end-to-end digital forensics analysis. The offeror shall assemble the prototype at its lab or facility and deliver the prototype to a DIA facility in Washington District of Columbia metropolitan area. Furthermore, the offeror shall install the prototype at the facility. Offerors responding to this call shall satisfy all of the following top level requirements:
- The solution shall be able to host minimum of one (1) petabytes (PB) of forensic images and system artifacts.
- Shall utilize a solid state drive (SSD) based database appliance that can store a minimum of 64 terabytes (TB) of data, scale linearly and perform structured query language (SQL) queries.
- Shall include no less than ten (10) loaders on a minimum of four (4) physical commodity servers.
- Shall be assembled in a rack enclosure without external dependencies except for connectivity and power, which are needed externally.
- Shall demonstrate extensible digital forensics exploitation software extensible by the customer through development of modules written in a non-proprietary programming language e.g. Python, C#, C++, C, etc.
- Shall benchmark each individual component and the system in its entirety to demonstrate performance characteristics.
Full information is available here.