Peraton Awarded Contract for Innovative Cyber Defense from IARPA

  • Peraton will design, develop, test, and evaluate novel methods to exploit attackers’ cognitive limitations and biases, waste attackers’ time and effort, and disrupt early and late-stage attacks.
  • The company’s CyberVAN™ solution will serve as the experimentation and evaluation testbed across the program.

February 26, 2024

Peraton has been awarded a competitive contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under its Reimagining Security with Cyberpsychology-Informed Network Defenses (ReSCIND) program. The company will design, develop, test, and evaluate methods that assess the attackers’ decision-making biases and cognitive vulnerabilities and use this knowledge to deploy novel, cyberpsychology-driven defenses that reduce the effectiveness of both early and late stage cyberattacks.

“Traditional cyber defense is limited by an asymmetry where attackers take advantage of human limitations and biases,” said Chris Valentino, chief innovation officer, Strategic Innovation Group, Peraton. “We are excited to deploy novel solutions to rebalance this asymmetry by exploiting attackers’ weaknesses and disrupting the cyber kill chain.”

CyberVAN, Peraton’s high-fidelity cyber range, will be used as the experimentation and evaluation testbed for the ReSCIND program, supporting testing, assessment, and validation of new cyberpsychology-based defenses. As a mature cyber proving ground, CyberVAN provides flexible scenario development, emulation-based testing and evaluation, comprehensive data collection, in-depth performance analysis, and operational and impact metrics.


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