'Finding The Threat' - CDE Call on behalf of MI5 and GCHQ

08/11/2012 - Call Closes 1700 on Thursday 8 November 2012

‘Finding the Threat’ - Innovation proposals for security and intelligence applications

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), on behalf of MI5 and GCHQ, is running a themed call for innovative research proposals for security and intelligence applications. This call is keen to receive proposals from organisations that have not previously worked with the security and intelligence agencies, particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, 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 for UK defence and security.

Our world is moving faster than ever, change is happening all around us, all the time. Innovation is the life blood of any successful organisation. Much of our work is like trying to find the needle in the haystack; or identifying the single threat from the background noise.

As announced in the 2011 ‘CONTEST Strategy’ and the 2012 ‘National Security Through Technology’ White Paper, we want to detect and investigate threats using innovative science and technology. We are looking for new ways of solving these challenges using cutting edge science and technology.

Part of working in this complex environment means that we have high aspirations for cutting edge solutions to our challenges. Overall, we are looking to minimise the risk from the threats we face, while working within the legal framework governing both MI5 and GCHQ.

  • The Security Service (MI5) is responsible for protecting the United Kingdom against threats to National Security.
  • GCHQ provides world-wide intelligence, protects information and informs relevant UK policy to keep our society safe and secure in the internet age.

This CDE call for proposals on behalf of MI5 and GCHQ focuses on short 3 month proof-of-concept and/or demonstration-of-benefit studies that have the potential to lead to next generation solutions for a range of security challenges. This could be partial demonstration of a new technology, or a theoretical or experimental approach that allows a better understanding of the proposed systems / techniques.

MI5 is particularly interested in covert surveillance techniques and threat identification.

  • When investigating a terrorist, what covert surveillance techniques could you employ to gain knowledge of the terrorist’s location and activities?
  • When we are aware of a terrorist threat to a crowded environment, but do not know some of the specifics, how could we identify this threat?

GCHQ’s focus is on online identity assurance and management, as well as open source analytics.

  • How could you verify someone's online identity, matching the characteristics and behaviours used online in everyday life?
  • How could you use open-source and commercial analytic data to help identify and classify different types of behaviours or significant events?

This call launched at a seminar in London on 3 October 2012 and will close at 1700 on Thursday 8 November 2012; all proposals must be submitted via the online CDE Portal.

For technical queries about this call please contact: securitydomain@dstl.gov.uk

For any further queries please contact CDE: cde@dstl.gov.uk or tel: 01235 438445.

CDE Portal - Quick Start Manual (800K)

CDE Flyer - Finding the Threat - on behalf of MI5 and GCHQ

CDE Call Document - Finding the Threat - on behalf of MI5 and GCHQ

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