Government Programs

Securing the Nation

Sustaining the confidentiality and integrity of the nation’ critical networks, while sharing and preserving vital agency specific information presents numerous challenges for federal information security teams. As a trusted, long-term government research partner, ISC8 works side by side with our clients offering expert, objective advice to help solve their most important and complex problems.

Highlights from Current Government Programs:


ISC8 has developed the Eagle Cybersecurity and Intrusion Prevention System for the DOD's advanced research arm, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

As hackers develop sophisticated new viruses, malware and targeted attacks, defenders must find new solutions to keep pace with the perpetual technology arms race. Traditional solutions rely on static signatures while new threats are constantly in process. It is clear that today this method is no longer adequate. To overcome the shortcomings of signature based solutions ISC8 developed the Eagle Platform which utilizes patent pending technology to detect threats without the need for signatures on even the fastest networks and virtually no false positives.

Cognitive Systems

Cognitive information processing is based on the role of the three stages of memory: sensory, short-term, and long-term in retrieving information and then transferring it to store and then recall later in memory. Sensory memory allows the learners to organize groups of information or patterns in their environment; learners recognize and then process these patters. Short-term memory allows the learner to hold and to understand small amounts of information. If the information is effectively connected to previous knowledge, it is stored in long-term memory.  Long-term memory allows the learner to remember and then apply knowledge across learning environments; and, remember the information for large amounts of time after it is learned. Encoding and retrieval also play key roles in the cognitive information processing theory.

In addition to the role of feedback in behaviorism, feedback has two important functions in the cognitive information processing theory. These functions include: (1) feedback provides the learner with some type of response so that they know if their answer is correct or incorrect; and (2) feedback can be used to provide corrective answers/responses to incorrect answers/responses. The informational and educational value of feedback was realized and emphasized in the cognitive information processing theory.

For more information on ISC8's cognitive processing technology.

Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR / LADAR)

LIDAR is an optical remote sensing technology that can measure the distance to, or other properties of a target by illuminating the target with light, often using pulses from a laser. LIDAR technology has application in geomatics, archaeology, geography, geology, geomorphology, seismology, forestry, remote sensing as well as in airborne laser swath mapping (ALSM), laser altimetry and LIDAR Contour Mapping.

The acronym LADAR (Laser Detection and Ranging) is often used in military contexts. The term "laser radar" is sometimes used even though LIDAR does not employ microwaves or radio waves and is not therefore radar even though both systems employ electromagnetic radiation.

For more information on ISC8's LIDAR products.

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

MEMS, is a technology uses microfabrication techniques of miniaturized mechanical and electro-mechanical elements to create devices and structures for microsystems. The term used to define MEMS varies, in the United States MEMS is the commonly used term, while in some other parts of the world they are called "Microsystems Technology" or "micromachined devices".

The critical physical dimensions of MEMS devices can vary from well below one micron on the lower end of the dimensional spectrum, all the way to several millimeters. Likewise, the types of MEMS devices can vary from relatively simple structures having no moving elements, to extremely complex electromechanical systems with multiple moving elements under the control of integrated microelectronics. The main criterion of MEMS is that at least some elements have mechanical functionality whether with or without movement.

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ISC8 Scientists and Engineers

ISC8 scientists and engineers have diverse backgrounds with in-depth technical skills and broad operational knowledge. They bring this to research and development programs that explore new technologies we believe will provide answers to the near-term and far-term challenges our government customers confront. In these research projects, ISC8 experts develop concepts and prototypes that can be transferred to government organizations and made applicable to the public interest. ISC8 also transfers technology to the public whenever appropriate.

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