Perspecta receives new contract option for DARPA cyber defense program

Perspecta Inc. of Chantilly, VA announced on February 6 that its research arm, Perspecta Labs, will continue its work researching and developing cyber defenses against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under a new contract modification worth up to $2.7 million, dependent on successful completion of milestones.

The modification represents on-contract growth as part of DARPA’s Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) program. On the base program, Perspecta Labs researched and developed innovative techniques aimed at dynamically obscuring high-value cyber assets, detecting stealthy, low-volume intrusions, performing defensive maneuvers to mislead and confuse adversaries, and launching mitigation steps to repel both widespread and targeted attacks. Under the option, Perspecta Labs will integrate these techniques to implement, evaluate and demonstrate a multi-modal DDoS defense solution which combines these defensive capabilities.

“DDoS attacks are among the most malicious cyber assaults made against military, enterprise and public network infrastructure,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Perspecta Labs. “Standing up against some of the most sophisticated adversaries requires advanced and innovative solutions. We are excited to integrate our cutting-edge DDoS techniques to deliver a comprehensive network defense solution to the DoD and other customers.”

Source: Perspecta