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Visible Light Communications

For the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), APL is developing mission concepts and integrating operational prototypes of visible light communications capabilities in the Department of Defense—helping DISA enhance data security and alleviate demands on the limited radio frequency (RF) spectrum. Our continuing work includes prototype secure implementations of light fidelity (Li-Fi) networks in enterprise workspaces and research into long-range networking solutions for military platforms.

Detecting Malware

Using different types of powerful analytics, the APL-developed REnigma tool enables cyber analysts to quickly review malware. REnigma’s Virtual Machine Record and Replay capability records detected malware and allows an analyst to evaluate it in greater detail than previously possible. The technology provides an isolated environment where code can be executed without interfering with a network, and where malware samples can be detonated in a safe place. The typically time-consuming and often expensive recovery process after a malware attack can now be done more efficiently and cost-effectively. The technology will soon be commercially available to medium and large organizations that generally need malware analysis, such as banks and government agencies.

Integrated Adaptive Cyber Defense (IACD)

APL conceptualized, prototyped, and published a framework enabling the integration and automation of diverse cybersecurity solutions to dramatically increase the speed and scale of cyber defense. Our contributions include development of reference architectures and implementations adoptable by commercial companies; creation of IACD playbooks enabling business-level management of cyber-defense technology solutions; and establishment of Integrated Cyber, a multiday, multicommunity forum for the advancement of automation in cybersecurity. In fall 2017, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) partnered with APL to operationalize IACD in the financial sector. APL will serve as a trusted technical advisor to multiple financial institutions and the FS-ISAC in the adoption and expansion of IACD services.