About Cyber Defense Agency
Cyber Defense Agency is a company that received a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR grant for a project entitled: Utilizing Hardware Features for Covert Loading and Execution of Software. The abstract given for this project is as follows: Current methods for the covert loading and execution of software typically operate at ring zero or are hypervisor based. Detecting the presence of hidden processes is a cat and mouse game when using traditional kernel-based techniques, and timing analysis and other methods have demonstrated the ability to detect the presence of a hypervisor as well. Modern hardware platforms provide opportunities to execute code completely outside of the context of the operating system. Some of the challenges of covertly executing code on the hardware resources, outside the context of the operating system, involve interfacing with the overlying OS and finding ways to meaningfully interact with it. To fully explore the possibilities of covert loading and execution of software, we must further investigate the approaches for leveraging the hardware resources of a system to execute code covertly. This research looks at BIOS modifications, peripheral cards, and Systems Management Mode (SMM), as well as an investigation into the capabilities introduced with the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), and the possibilities for covert code execution using this emerging architecture.
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Aug 4, 2023
One of the most important US government agencies that might be lesser known is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, also known as CISA. As America's Cyber Defense Agency and the National Coordinator for Critical Infrastructure, Resilience and Security, CISA leads a national effort to understand, manage and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure that Americans rely on every hour of every day. In a recent interview on a GovFuture podcast , Martin Stanley who is the Strategic Technology Branch Chief, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans at CISA shared how the agency is dealing with constantly evolving threats to physical and cyber infrastructure as well as leveraging the capabilities of AI and quantum to deal with those threats. The origins of CISA Martin Stanley, Strategic Technology Branch Chief, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans at CISA In the podcast, Mr. Stanley shares that “CISA has long had its primary roots going all the way back to the initiation of our division, which was the National Cyber Security Division at DHS, which was an incident response shop. We have a long history of working with stakeholders in a trusted way to assist them in responding to the evolution of the cyber threat. Specifically what we do is we respond to particular incidents that are reported to us. Congress just passed the CISA legislation, which is an incident reporting requirement for certain entities to report cyber incidents to CISA for three purposes: One is for us to render aid. The second is for us to understand how others could potentially be at risk and then also to develop responses to these campaigns. And in that regard, the final purpose is to lead cyber responses. For example, the nationwide response to Log4J, the nationwide response to Solar Winds, and other major cyber incidents. That was all led by our agency.” He continues, “On that note, AI represents a set of emerging threats in that malicious actors can use the increasingly powerful capabilities of AI, especially Generative AI, to create all sorts of havoc. Similarly, AI represents opportunities in that the use of AI can help to detect and thwart cyber and physical attacks.” According to Mr. Stanley, “We provide resources. We do a lot of trend analysis. That gets to AI, where we can potentially do a lot better and a lot faster with the data that we have coming in from different sources to identify when there's potential campaigns. And then, being able to quickly share that with the nation's cyber defenders in an effective way. We can do it at the tactical, but also at the broadly strategic level as well.” MORE FOR YOU
Cyber Defense Agency Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where is Cyber Defense Agency's headquarters?
Cyber Defense Agency's headquarters is located at 3601 43rd Street South, Wisconsin Rapids.
What is Cyber Defense Agency's latest funding round?
Cyber Defense Agency's latest funding round is Grant.
Who are the investors of Cyber Defense Agency?
Investors of Cyber Defense Agency include U.S. Department of Defense.