Integrated Adaptive Cyber Defense (IACD) is a strategy and framework to adopt an extensible, adaptive, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based approach to cybersecurity operations.

IACD increases the speed and scale of cyber defenses by leveraging automation to enhance the effectiveness of human defenders, moving them outside the response loop into a response planning and approval role “on the loop” of cyber defense.

This effort is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Through jointly sponsored research (in collaboration with the private sector), IACD defines a framework—including reference architectures, draft specifications for interoperability, use cases, and implementation examples—to adopt this extensible, adaptive approach to cybersecurity operations.

Our goal is to dramatically change the timeline and effectiveness of cyber defense via integration, automation, and information sharing.

our approach

Our approach is to rapidly and iteratively execute a series of reference implementations, each exploring specific use cases in order to:

  • Prove concepts using integrations of commercial products
  • Provide insights into potential challenges
  • Identify gaps in technology, the availability of commercial solutions, policies, and standards
  • Gather requirements to facilitate appropriate standards development