Press release

Understand and interact with cyberspace

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is looking for new techniques and methods to provide military context of cyber activities.

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The MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is seeking innovative ways to interact with cyberspace to help commanders understand the cyber component of the military situation.

Dstl’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is launching a competition for industry and academia to present new ways to help MOD understand, interact and predict outcomes within cyberspace.

Processing information in cyberspace and making sense of a potential impact on operations is a human-intensive task. A large number of cyber activities and their possible outcomes have the potential to produce vast amounts of data and information to analyse. Traditional human-computer interfaces are no longer the best method and can slow down analysis.

Various digital systems are used by the MOD – ranging from office-like computer infrastructure to large, complex platforms, often heavily dependent on legacy systems and constrained bandwidth.

Of particular interest for this competition are ways to visualise data, perhaps through augmented reality or virtual data manipulation, user interfaces and automated techniques to analyse cyber information. Proposals should describe how these techniques will help present cyber activity in context and how the relevant information, analysis or intelligence in cyberspace is conveyed in order to support and improve military decision making.

Up to £1 million is being made available for successful proposals by industry and academia, over 2 phases. Only bidders who are successful in phase 1 of the competition will be able to bid for phase 2 funding.

A launch event for the competition is taking place at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London, on 9 July 2015.

The competition closes on 3 September 2015 at 5pm.

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Published 26 June 2015