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Activity title

Intelligent, Autonomous and Trusted Agents for Cyber Defense and Resilience

Activity Reference

IST-152 (IWA)

Panel

Information Systems Technology

Security Classification

PUBLIC RELEASE

Status

Active

Activity type

RTG

Start date

2016

End date

2019

Keywords

Autonomous Behaviors, Autonomous Cyber Defense, Computer Information Systems (CIS), Cyber Defense Operations, Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Intelligent Agents

Background

In a conflict with a technically sophisticated adversary, NATO military tactical networks will be a heavily contested battlefield. Enemy software cyber agents -- malware -- will infiltrate our network and attack our C4ISR and computerized weapon systems. To fight them, NATO needs artificial cyber hunters - intelligent, autonomous, mobile agents specialized in active cyber defense.

Objectives

• Characterize the current state of research and capabilities in the field of intelligent, autonomous cyber defense agents • Develop a prioritized assessment of potential methodological and technical approaches for cyber defense of C4ISR systems • In part through a focused technical workshop • Develop a reference architecture and a roadmap • Demonstrations of relevant products • Develop a set of technical communication products • Comprehensive technical report • A book or a special journal issue

Topics

Theoretical foundations and formulations of problems of intelligent autonomy in cyber defense; Practical architectures and functions of such agents; Observability, controllability and control-theoretic approaches for human control of agents; Relevance of Physical Robotics approaches; Formal languages and near-natural languages for specifying and controlling intelligent cyber agents; Assessment of barriers to successful use of autonomous cyber agents; Analysis of known related approaches and methods; Assessment, management and maintenance of trust between humans and agents and multiple agents; Validation of the agents behavior; Situational awareness of and about agents; formulation and encoding of rules of engagement; mission formulation, planning and communication for the agents; adversarial decision-making and game-theoretic reasoning for the agents.

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