Vencore Labs to Provide DARPA with Advanced Cyber Defense Research

Chantilly, VA – March 23, 2017 – Vencore, Inc. announced today that its innovative research arm, Vencore Labs, Inc., has been awarded multiple contracts from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to deliver research in the area of cyber defenses against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The contracts have a $17.7 million value and will be performed as part of DARPA’s Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) program over the next three years.

The goal of the XD3 program is to develop fundamentally new DDoS defenses that afford greater resilience across a broad range of DDoS attacks than existing approaches. Several recent DDoS attacks have caused widespread disruption to popular Internet services. These attacks leverage the widespread and growing deployment of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices combined with freely available malicious code to create disruption that easily overwhelms current defensive techniques. This underscores the need for fundamentally new technologies to detect, mitigate and fight through the effects of DDoS attacks on a large scale.

Under the contract, Vencore Labs plans to develop a comprehensive solution that covers the full spectrum of the DDoS attack surface. Research on distributed communications and network maneuvering will make it harder for attackers to identify high-value targets, and will deny them the critical feedback they need to determine whether an attack is successful; research on DDoS detection and mitigation will help network operators protect critical services from the effects of large scale IoT-based attacks.

“Through the advancement of IoT devices, the threat landscape is expanding, and our defenses need to evolve accordingly,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “We look forward to working with DARPA to develop innovative techniques to combat these attacks, making it impossible for attackers to damage critical services.”

This new work draws on Vencore Labs’ expertise with defending and securing large-scale, heterogeneous computer networks. Additionally, the Vencore Labs team will bring a deep-rooted legacy in protecting mission-critical systems and national cyber infrastructure to the project.

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Vencore Names Jeff Bohling Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Civilian and Defense Group

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Chantilly, Va. – March 2, 2017 – Vencore, Inc. announced today that Jeff Bohling was recently appointed as senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Civilian and Defense Group. In this role, Bohling is responsible for the business operations and growth of the group, and expansion of Vencore’s civilian and defense programs and portfolio.

Bohling joins Vencore with a proven track record in leadership, program management and strategic and corporate development. Throughout his career at General Dynamics Information Technology, Bohling held several leadership roles, most recently serving as the general manager of the company’s federal civilian business sector. Prior to joining General Dynamics, Bohling held roles of increasing responsibility at Vangent, Inc., which was acquired by General Dynamics in 2011, and served as senior manager at McLeod USA.

“Jeff’s extensive experience in the federal sector is of extreme to value to Vencore,” said Mac Curtis, president and CEO of Vencore, Inc. “With his combination of corporate development expertise and success leading large operations, Jeff will enable us to bring our cyber security, software development and mission systems engineering offerings to our defense and civilian customers.”

Bohling holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. He is also a graduate of the ACT-IAC Partners program and an ACT-IAC Fellow. 

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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Vencore's Zalenda Cyrille Receives Modern Day Technology Leader Award at 31ST Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference

Chantilly, Va. — February 13, 2017 —Vencore, Inc. announced today that Zalenda Cyrille, program director with Vencore, received the Modern Day Technology Leaders Award during the 2017 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 10.

The BEYA Modern Day Technology Leaders Award recognizes an individual’s commitment to shaping the future of STEM and recognizes mid-career professionals for their dedication and effort in strengthening the STEM pipeline.

“At Vencore we believe in hiring the highest caliber of people to solve our customers’ hardest problems,” said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Vencore, Inc. “This award is a testament to that philosophy. We congratulate Zalenda on receiving this award, and are honored that she is part of the Vencore family.”  

Over the last several years, Cyrille has played a key role in educating both government and industry on the principles behind agile development. She has trained over 200 people across multiple offices and organizations to become certified practitioners, helping to revolutionize the way software development is performed at the government level. Cyrille’s technical expertise has also played an instrumental role in Vencore’s ongoing success. As a program director at Vencore, she has provided the federal government with critical systems engineering, agile development and project management support at an enterprise level.

In addition to her work contributions, Cyrille actively volunteers in STEM organizations, mentoring young people on careers in engineering.  She has also served as a board member for Project Discovery and the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative, in addition to co-founding her own nonprofit aimed at developing future leaders and effective communicators.

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.

Vencore Awarded $113 Million Program to Support Space and Satellite Operations at NOAA

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Image source: noaa.nesdis.com

Chantilly, Va. — February 9, 2017 — Vencore, Inc. announced today that it was awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Systems Engineering and Technical Services (SETS) contract valued at $113 million.  Under the terms of this contract (one year base period with four one-year options), Vencore will support NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).

NESDIS acquires and manages the nation's operational environmental satellites, operates NOAA ‘s National Centers for Environmental Information, provides data and information services including earth system monitoring, performs official assessments of the environment, and conducts related research.

Vencore has a legacy of successfully managing highly complex technical systems that support national space and satellite operations. Under this new contract, Vencore will work closely with NESDIS to deliver Systems Engineering services and solutions to sustain legacy systems and enable the transition of future ground systems for new environmental satellites including GOES-R and JPSS.  

“Our business was built on a foundation of understanding and solving the most complex challenges associated with satellite and ground operations,” said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer at Vencore.  “We are honored to work with NESDIS, which plays such an integral role in managing critical space assets that make important contributions to environmental resource management and our national security.”

NESDIS is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect and enhance the nation's economy, security, environment and quality of life. NESDIS’ environmental satellite observations provide important contributions to U.S. national security by providing military users with real-time and near-real-time observations for their aircraft, ships, ground forces and facilities worldwide. Additionally, NESDIS contributes to the national economy by providing environmental data that support resource management of energy, water, global food supplies and other economic and environmental resources.

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

Vencore Labs to Work With DARPA to Optimize Airborne Communications

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Image source: U.S. Air Force

Chantilly, VA –January 12, 2017 – Vencore, Inc. announced that its innovative research arm, Vencore Labs, has been awarded a prime contract on the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Dynamic Network Adaptation for Mission Optimization (DyNAMO) program. The 17-month contract has a value of over $2.5 million with options.  

DARPA’s DyNAMO program aims to deliver new technologies that will allow diverse airborne systems and networks to communicate and work together, while providing resilience against hostile jamming attempts. Under this new contract, Vencore Labs will be focused on optimizing network and radio functionality in adverse environments.

Specifically, the Vencore Labs team will develop and deliver an innovative framework to enable adaptation of networks and systems while maintaining scalability and stability. This new approach will provide a means to incorporate a wide set of mission objectives at all adaptation stages in order to ensure that the utility of information to the mission is maximized.

“Solving the nation’s most complex problems is what we do,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “Having the opportunity to play a leading role in enabling our country to conduct operations against adversaries while configuring our most critical assets in advance of a mission, is a real honor. We look forward to expanding our partnership with DARPA on the DyNAMO program.” 

Vencore Labs’ unique approach is designed to maintain connectivity in spite of jamming, singular outages or aircraft motion by dynamically shifting and re-routing the flow of information to alternate paths to ensure delivery.  The framework will dynamically select connection points between different waveforms and then adaptively shift the communication over those alternative network paths, much as modern traffic applications will dynamically reroute automobile traffic across a variety of road networks to optimize transportation.