DISA posts AI/ML RFI for DCO

On March 25, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate posted a request for information (RFI) seeking information from industry to assist with the development and planning of a potential new requirement. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Central on April 30.

The purpose of this RFI is to enhance DISA’s Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) models, tools, and services. DISA is a United States Department of Defense combat support agency that is composed of more than 7,000 military and civilian employees.  DISA provides, operates, and assures command, control, information-sharing capabilities, and a globally accessible enterprise information infrastructure in direct support to joint warfighters, national-level leaders and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of military operations.

A critical mission of DISA is to conduct defensive cyber operations consisting of passive and active activities intended to preserve the ability to utilize DoD cyberspace capabilities and to protect DoD data, networks, and systems.  As cyber threats proliferate – both in terms of numbers and sophistication – the ability of DISA to successfully perform the defensive cyber operations becomes more and more challenging. To overcome these challenges, DISA is interested in exploring the potential of applying commercial AI/ML models, tools, services, and best practices to augment and enhance its current DCO capabilities and methods.

A prominent issue DCO analysts face today is dealing with the huge volumes of cyber data.  DISA is seeking information on identifying AI-powered solutions that can analyze vast amounts of log, sensor, alert, and telemetry data to identify anomalous and potentially malicious activity.  Instead of manual data exploration, correlation, and log analysis, DISA is interested in exploring how AI based approaches can be applied to proactively detect unknown cyber threats from cyber sensor data and real-time threat intelligence that generates actionable, prioritized leads for cyber DCO analysts.

DISA desires a complete AI/ML platform to include a data acquisition and processing solution, a model development pipeline, and an operations and sustainment strategy.  This AI/ML platform can be on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid approach.

Review the DISA AI/ML RFI.

Source: SAM

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