Vencore Labs to Provide the Sacramento Municipal Utility District with Managed Cybersecurity Services

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Chantilly, VA – September 27, 2016 – Vencore, Inc. announced today that its innovative research arm, Vencore Labs, Inc., has been awarded a multi-year, follow-on contract to provide managed cybersecurity services to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in support of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

Under the contract, Vencore Labs will deliver an enhanced version of its ground-breaking SecureSmart™ cybersecurity solution, a patented infrastructure monitoring technology for smart grid field networks.

The unique, multi-channel hardware solution will provide continuous validation of over-the-air security and privacy controls for the utility’s smart meter system, ultimately protecting Sacramento rate payers.

Additionally, the SecureSmart™ solution will include a custom intrusion detection system to provide early warning of anomalous behavior and threats and a real-time dashboard to monitor the state and health of SMUD’s largest network.

“Vencore Labs is proud to continue our partnership with SMUD,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “This contract award is a true testament of our proven ability to provide cybersecurity monitoring and assessment services to the utility industry, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with SMUD to meet their technically complex requirements and critical needs.”

SecureSmart™ is an integrated cybersecurity, operations and engineering solution for AMI, Distribution Automation (DA) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. SecureSmart™ is the industry’s only wireless network intrusion detection system that provides real-time network health, anomaly detection, threat analysis and visualization.

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Vencore Labs Extends its Involvement to Third Phase of DARPA'S RadioMap Program

Chantilly, Va. — September 21, 2016 — Vencore, Inc. announced that its innovative research arm, Vencore Labs, received a $5.0 million award for phase three of the Advanced Radio Frequency (RF) Mapping (RadioMap) program, which is supported by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Under the terms of this program, Vencore Labs intends to develop technological innovations enabling the Department of Defense to improve situational awareness of radio frequency spectrum usage in battlefield scenarios.  Vencore Labs will be responsible for developing software associated with (i) distributed command and control (C2), (ii) management of the RadioMap tasking, and (iii) software agents for C2 of RadioMap tasks on RF platforms.  Vencore Labs performs as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin on this program. 

RadioMap is intended to deliver an unprecedented level of RF information without requiring the deployment of additional radio equipment, and without interfering with the primary mission of existing radio equipment.   Similar to maps that illustrate current traffic conditions, RadioMap intends to develop technology that visually overlays spectrum information on a map enabling rapid frequency deconfliction and maximizing use of available spectrum for communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. More information can be found at http://www.darpa.mil/program/advance-rf-mapping.

“We are proud to have been involved with this highly innovative program since its inception,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph. D., president of Vencore Labs.  “Vencore Labs plans to continue expanding the capabilities and maturing the technology we developed for phases one and two of this effort.  This third phase includes plans for testing RadioMap on RF-capable equipment that is typical in current forward-deployed environments, along with a field test and demonstration.” 

U.S. military departments have been monitoring and evaluating this DARPA-sponsored program, and, upon continued success, may transition the technology for operational use. Planned phase three innovations include developing a management system for monitoring task status and radio position, and opening the system for third party development to incorporate as-yet unknown RF devices.

Vencore Labs to Assist DARPA in Protecting the Nation's Electrical Grid

Chantilly, VA – September 13, 2016 – Vencore Labs Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Vencore Inc., announced today that it has been awarded two prime contracts for the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program led by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The contracts have a total value of $17M and work is slated to begin in August of this year.

The objective of the RADICS program is to develop technologies for detecting and responding to cyberattacks on critical U.S. infrastructure, with an ultimate goal of enabling cyber and power engineers to restore electrical service within seven days in the event of a major attack. Vencore Labs, a leader in smart grid security and monitoring, will conduct research and deliver technologies in three of five technical areas (TA).

This new work draws on Vencore Labs’ expertise transitioning cybersecurity research technology to commercial use, as well as the company’s experience working with utilities to secure their networks through its first-of-its kind infrastructure monitoring solution, SecureSmart™.

“Vencore Labs is honored to be included as part of the RADICS program,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “As experts in cybersecurity monitoring and assessment services, we are excited to bring our unique experience and methodologies working with utility customers to this critical DARPA program.”

Under TA-1, Vencore Labs intends to research, develop, demonstrate and deliver a system known as MANTESSA (Machine-Intelligence for Advance Notification of Threats and Energy-Grid Survivable Situational Awareness). The MANTESSA system aims to address the problem of early detection of cyber-attacks on the North American power grid. Specifically, MANTESSA intends to provide early warnings, spoofing detection and situational awareness, by means of continuously executing anomaly detection algorithms.

Under TA-3, Vencore Labs plans to research, develop, demonstrate and deliver a Scalable and Holistic Energy CybeR-weapon Localization and Characterization (SHERLOC) system which is intended to rapidly localize and characterize cyber-weapons that have gained access to power grid infrastructure. The SHERLOC system aims to map Industrial Control Systems (ICS), gather and analyze configuration data, determine which devices are behaving incorrectly, and discover and characterize malware to help with restart operations.

Additionally, the Vencore Labs team will serve as a sub-contractor under TA-2.

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Vencore to Provide Cyber Support to NAVAIR

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller/Released

Chantilly, Va. — August 9, 2016 — Vencore, Inc. announced today that it entered into a Basic Ordering Agreement with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Cyber Warfare Detachment (CWD) program. The BOA will run through late June 2018.

NAVAIR CWD’s mission is to detect and prevent access to weapon systems, continue to operate during enemy engagement and develop future cyber-hardened response. Under this BOA, Vencore will have a unique opportunity to secure Navy systems and platforms.  Specifically, Vencore will compete for task orders to provide advanced research, integration and development support and services to cyber resilient and full spectrum cyber warfighting capabilities on various NAVAIR platforms.

“Vencore will bring an innovative and proven cyber skillset to the NAVAIR CWD team,” said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Vencore. “We are excited to have won a position on this important effort and look forward to expanding our partnership with NAVAIR in support of CWD’s critical mission.”

About Vencore

Vencore is a proven provider of information solutions, engineering and analytics for the U.S. Government. With more than 40 years of experience working in the defense, civilian and intelligence communities, Vencore and its transformational applied research organization, Vencore Labs, design, develop and deliver high impact, mission-critical services and solutions to overcome its customers most complex problems. 

Vencore has 3,800 employees and is based in Chantilly, Va.  For more information about Vencore and Vencore Labs, visit www.vencore.com and www.vencorelabs.com. 

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