Virtuous User Environment (VirtUE)
VirtUE seeks to leverage the federal government’s impending migration to commercial cloudbased information Technology (IT) infrastructures and the current explosion of new virtualization and operating system (OS) concepts to create and demonstrate a more secure interactive user computing environment (UCE) than the government has had in the past or likely to have in the near future. Currently the government UCE is represented by a general purpose Windows desktop OS running multiple installed applications hosted on either a dedicated physical computer or on a shared virtualized platform. When a desktop OS is hosted on a shared virtualized platform, it is called a virtualized desktop interface or VDI.
In Phase 1, VirtUE seeks to deliver an interactive UCE designed from the outset to be a more secure, capable sensor and defender in the cloud environment than the current government UCE solution. To be acceptable to potential government consumers, the new UCE must still offer functionality and performance characteristics comparable to the current government UCE. Phase 1 performers shall create a UCE that mitigates the exploitation of legacy and cloud-based vulnerabilities and/or provides numerous logging and protection options for future external security logic to do so.
In Phase 2, performers shall take the technologies and/or concepts developed in Phase 1 and create novel external analytics and security controls that leverage them. The purpose of this analytics/control effort is to create dynamic detection and protection capabilities that make the VirtUE user environment more resistant to attacks expected in the commercial cloud while minimizing the costs associated with these capabilities.
Collaborative efforts and teaming among potential performers are strongly encouraged. It is anticipated that teams will be multidisciplinary, including but not limited to expertise in areas such as virtualization, operating systems, user interfaces, machine learning, analytic development, cloud infrastructures, and computer security.
Contracting Office Address
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, DC 20511
Solicitation Status: CLOSED
Proposers' Day Date: July 19, 2016
BAA Release Date: October 18, 2016
BAA Question Period: October 18, 2016 - November 10, 2016
Proposal Due Date: December 12, 2016