IARPA in the News

The Wall Street Journal

The spy research agency known as IARPA is starting a program to predict cyberattacks hours or weeks before they happen.


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is looking for a few good ideas. The organization’s Office for Anticipating Surprise has initiated a competition for its Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment (CAUSE) program, which aims at discovering ways to anticipate cyber attacks before they occur.

IARPA officials explain that industry has invested heavily in solutions that analyze the effects of cyber attacks rather than capabilities to analyze and mitigate their causes. As a result, today’s approaches typically focus on post-mortem analysis of the various attack vectors. However, as attacks have evolved and increased, these methods do not adequately enable cybersecurity practitioners to prevent attacks.

Executive Gov

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity‘s Office for Anticipating Surprise is set to launch a four-year contest to develop new technology that can predict potential cyber attacks, Nextgov reported Tuesday via Defense One.

Aliya Sternstein writes that both the private sector and academia are anticipating the upcoming broad agency announcement on the “Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment” project that seeks to build forecast capabilities for cybersecurity.


Imagine if IBM's Watson -- the "Jeopardy!" champion supercomputer -- could answer not only trivia questions and forecast the weather, but also predict data breaches days before they occur.

That is the ambitious, long-term goal of a contest being held by the U.S. intelligence community....

CAUSE is the brainchild of the Office for Anticipating Surprise under the director of national intelligence. A “Broad Agency Agreement” -- competition terms and conditions -- is expected to be issued any day now, contest hopefuls say.

Budapest Business Journal

Transcranial electrical stimulation (tES), or “brain zapping” as it is often (erroneously) described, is garnering a fair amount of attention, both from academics and the media. The technique has been used to boost mental functions such as attention and memory.

Manufacturers are now advertising and selling tES devices to the public. These devices provide transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) – the best-known form of tES – and are in some cases available online for less than $200. They sail through a loophole in regulatory requirements because they make no medical claims. But are they capable of fulfilling the promises that the media, researchers, and, most recently, manufacturers are making on their behalf?...

Roi Cohen Kadosh’s research has been supported by the Wellcome Trust, the European Commission, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, among others.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a Grand Challenge designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. Since then, the BRAIN Initiative has grown to include five Federal agencies. The BRAIN Initiative remains a top priority for the Administration, which is why the President’s 2016 Budget proposes increasing funding for the BRAIN Initiative from about $200 million in FY 2015 to more than $300 million in FY 2016....

IARPA will focus on applying breakthroughs in neuroscience to advance understanding of cognition and computation in the brain. In addition, IARPA will test and validate non-invasive neural interventions that have the potential to significantly improve adaptive reasoning and problem solving.

Executive Gov

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to enlist industry expertise to develop methods to predict dire international scenarios using signals intelligence data.

IARPA will hold a proposers’ day forum in Washington on March 5 to seek technology ideas from interested participants in the Mercury Program, the agency said Feb. 3.