DARPA seeks to develop programme that drastically improves DDoS defence

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has started taking applications to develop a stronger defence against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

The idea of the programme, called Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3), is to create a countermeasures system that is not only more nimble in thwarting an attack, but also able to quickly recognise when an attack is developing so it can establish a proper defence.

One goal is to have a response time of 10 seconds or less, but that would be under ideal conditions and dependent upon the level of the attack.

DARPA has started accepting applications to develop a stronger defense against DDoS attacks.
DARPA has started accepting applications to develop a stronger defence against DDoS attacks.

Whether or not any security system or software developed will only be used for military purposes remains to be seen. The first review will occur in October 2015, with a start date for the programme scheduled for around April 2016.

“While it's early to speculate where the technology may find application, it's not uncommon for DARPAresearch to have dual use for military and commercial purposes,” Jared Adams, DARPA's chief of media relations, said to SCMagazine.com Wednesday in an email correspondence.

DARPA hopes the end result will be an entirely new and revolutionary form of defence, since the current level of DDoS preventative measures “fall well short of desired capabilities.”

“In general, the programme aims to thwart DDoS attacks by dispersing cyber-assets (physically and/or logically), disguising the characteristics and behaviors of those assets, and mitigating the attacks (especially low-volume attacks) that still penetrate the targeted environment,” DARPA said in the Broad Agency Announcement that calls for applicants.

This article was first published in our sister publication SC Magazine.

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