Cyber Situational Awareness

29/10/2012 - Call closes 1700 on 29 Oct 2012

Cyber Situational Awareness: We want the benefit of hindsight and we want it now!

  • Call launched Tuesday 25 September 2012.

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  • Call closes Monday 29 October 2012 at 1700 hrs. 

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to enable development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK Armed Forces and national security.

The MOD Cyber & Influence research programme (in collaboration with wider government) seeks to enable freedom of manoeuvre across all operating environments by finding ways to defend all of MOD’s digital assets. A key challenge in cyberspace is finding new ways to quickly enable decision makers to understand what cyber events are taking place; the relevance these events have to missions; and the potential impact on real-world operations, to assist them to make timely and proportionate decisions.

This CDE themed call seeks proposals that grasp the scale and breadth of the challenges of providing cyber situational awareness (cyber SA) to decision makers, from the physical and data levels up to the MOD enterprise level. We are looking to fund innovative scoping studies and proof-of-concept technology developments of high technological risk (low technology readiness level, TRL 1-3). We are looking for high-quality research proposals, aligned with our needs of improving the provision of cyber SA.

The following areas are of particular priority:

  • Enabling analysts and decision makers to mitigate the data deluge issues associated with operating in cyberspace to improve their understanding.
  • Improving the communication of the status of cyberspace to decision makers.
  • Predicting events in cyberspace, providing a level of confidence in a conclusion that enables decision makers to be proactive, rather than reactive, in their decision making.
  • Developing an understanding of events in cyberspace and the impact that subsequent decisions have on the resilience and robustness of the MOD enterprise.

We are interested in potential proposals from the areas of, but not limited to: mathematics and statistics, heuristic and deterministic methods, probabilistic modelling, information/data fusion, decision support, human factors including cognition and learning, computer science, systems analysis and socio-cultural understanding.

For this call, we are not interested in proposals to detect cyber threats; that propose visualisation approaches without a clear reason of how the visualisation will add significant value; or that restrict their scope of cyber SA to a small part of cyberspace, eg intrusion detection systems or data mining.

Further information on the Cyber & Influence Science & Technology Centre.

Queries relating to the technical aspects of the call should be addressed Cyber & Influence Science & Technology Centre: candienquiries@dstl.gov.uk

All other queries should be sent to CDE: cde@dstl.gov.uk

A call document and presentations from the launch event are available below. You can also watch a video summary of this call.

There will be a webinar to support this call on Wednesday 17 October 2012 - find out more and register.

The call will close on Monday 29 October 2012 at 1700 hrs.

All proposals must be submitted via the CDE portal.

Cyber Situational Awareness 25 September 2012 - Launch presentations

Cyber Situational Awareness - Call document