Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment


Cyber-attacks evolve in a phased approach. Detection typically occurs in the later phases of an attack, and analysis often occurs post-mortem to investigate and discover indicators from earlier phases. Observations of earlier attack phases, such as target reconnaissance, planning, and delivery, may enable warning of significant cyber events prior to their most damaging phases.

CAUSE aims to develop and test new automated methods that forecast and detect cyber-attacks significantly earlier than existing methods. The program is envisioned as a multi-year, multi-phase, research effort.

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Contact Information

Program Manager

Main Office

Related Program(s)

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Link(s) to BAA


Solicitation Status


Proposers' Day Date

January 21, 2015

BAA Release Date

July 17, 2015

BAA Question Period

July 17, 2015 — August 24, 2015

Proposal Due Date

September 14, 2015

Prime Performers

  • BAE Systems Information & Electronic System Integration, Inc.
  • Charles River Analytics, Inc.
  • Leidos, Inc.
  • University of Southern California