The DHS Science and Technology Directorate is sponsoring an initiative to facilitate the accessibility of computer and network operational data for use in cybersecurity defensive research and development. The Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure against Cyber Threats (PREDICT) initiative represents an important three-way partnership among government, critical information infrastructure providers, and security development communities (both academic and commercial), all of whom seek technical solutions to protect the public and private information infrastructure. The primary goal of PREDICT is to bridge the gap between on one hand producers of security-relevant network operations data and on the other hand technology developers and evaluators who can leverage this data to accelerate the design, production, and evaluation of next-generation cyber security solutions.
Specifically, PREDICT provides developers and evaluators with regularly updated network operations data sources relevant to cybersecurity defense technology development, including sources that are minimally anonymized, if not entirely uncensored. The data sets are intended to provide developers with timely and detailed insight into cyberattack phenomena occurring across the Internet, and in some cases will reveal the effects of these attacks on networks that are owned or managed by the data producers.
A key motivation of PREDICT is to make these data sources more widely available to technology developers and evaluators, who today often determine the efficacy of their technical solutions on anecdotal evidence or small-scale test experiments, rather than on more comprehensive real-world data.