Our May 25, 2017 meeting was particularly interesting for consultants with technology interests and of general interest for everyone in light of all the cyber problems in the US and other countries. There is a significant amount of technology being developed for security in all forms of communication.
The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit $1.6B company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). MITRE provides innovative, practical solutions for some of our nation's most critical challenges in defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, healthcare, and cybersecurity. Their list of Technologies is impressive, but our meeting focus was on Cybersecurity. This included a review of typical problems that we or our clients may have and then some suggested MITRE solutions. The presentation also included a sampling of other technology areas so that our group became more familiar with MITRE and its overall capabilities. Only a small part of the MITRE work is done in SoCal with a staff of approximately 45 out of a total of approximately 8000.
Speaker----Barry Costa --Leads MITRE’s efforts to protect, license, and transfer our technologies to industry, academia, and government to better support MITRE customers and add value to the nation's economy. At MITRE he is responsible for licensing their intellectual property—patents, technology, and expertise—and facilitating collaboration among researchers, academic institutions, and the federal laboratories interested in developing MITRE's innovations. In addition he helps put MITRE technologies into the hands of commercial companies that can make them available to our sponsors and the public. Previously, he was the systems engineer on the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Human Social Culture Behavior Modeling program and has led critical, operationally projects primarily for USSOCOM, the Air Force, Joint Staff, U.S. Central Command, and other organizations.
MITRE has worked to strengthen our nation’s cyber defenses for more than four decades. They work with government sponsors and industry partners to adopt effective new concepts and apply solutions in awareness, resiliency, and threat-based defense. MITRE advocates a balanced security posture that combines classic cyber defense approaches with a new emphasis on leveraging cyber threat intelligence to respond and adapt quickly to a cyber-attack. To accomplish this, they encourage partnerships that promote sharing cyber threat information.
MITRE does prototypes and licensing, but normally does not do spin-offs. They have created many jobs during the past years due to more cyber and other requirements. They expect there to be over 200B devices by 2020—that is not far away. Applications such as self-driving cars pose special safety problems. We were advised to build cyber security into new products—especially new IOT and power grid products—also pay attention to actors/tactics/monetizing methods. For more details on some of these areas see Adversarial Tactics, Techniques & Common Knowledge: https://attack.mitre.org/wiki/Main_Page
This was a good meeting with lots of discussion. Since MITRE works with many government and industry partners to adopt effective new concepts and apply solutions in awareness, resiliency, and threat-based defense they are open to sharing and licensing technology for new products. For example, military and space problems receive attention by MITRE working with the Aerospace Corporation. Some of their software can be obtained without cost because they want these technologies to get out into industry to solve problems and reduce cyber risk. MITRE advocates a balanced security posture that combines classic cyber defense approaches with a new emphasis on leveraging cyber threat intelligence to respond and adapt quickly to a cyberattack. To accomplish this, they encourage partnerships that promote sharing cyber threat information and effective tools.
Curt Deckert CMC PhD
IMC Tech SIG Director