Cyber Security and Information Sciences – Division 5

Cyber bookletThe Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division leads MIT Lincoln Laboratory's activities in research and technology development for cyber security, human language technology, large-scale analytics, and novel computing architectures. The division conducts research, development, evaluation, and deployment of prototype components and systems designed to improve the cyber security of Department of Defense missions. A particular focus is the intersection between the Laboratory's traditional mission areas and the cyber domain. Human language technology activities include speech and language processing, text processing and biometrics. The division also develops new computer architectures; high-performance and cloud computing technologies; and novel analytics for handling high-dimensional datasets. Click to download our brochure.


Group 51—Cyber Systems and Operations
The Cyber Systems and Operations Group focuses on enabling full-scope Department of Defense (DoD), intelligence community (IC), and civilian government operations within the cyber domain and across traditional mission domains and sensing layers. The focus is on research and development (R&D) of systems providing situational awareness (SA) and command and control (C2) in the cyber domain. Key research themes involve sense-making, decision support, knowledge representation, visualization, and automated planning. Development thrusts include novel sensors, actuators, human-machine interfaces, and cloud-based, information-sharing architectures. These capabilities are integrated into secure, resilient, cost-effective information-sharing architectures in support of effective mission operations. Group strengths include software development, significant test bed infrastructure, and connections to challenges, people, systems, and data from multiple operational communities. Additionally, the group has access to a number of government systems for integration, deployment, and evaluation of the performance and effectiveness of mission operations. Overall, the group seeks to leap ahead of evolving cyber threats and enable comprehensive and secure use of the cyber domain for military and intelligence missions.

Group 52—Human Language Technology
The Human Language Technology Group is engaged in a wide range of information processing projects focused on speech and language processing, text processing, and biometrics. The speech and language processing R&D efforts include speech recognition, speaker recognition (identification, verification, and authentication), language and dialect identification, word spotting, speech coding, speech and audio signal enhancement, and machine translation. The group is initiating new R&D in advanced analytics for analyzing social networks based on speech, text, video, and network communications and activities. In each of the group's R&D areas, emphasis is placed on realistic data and experimental evaluation of techniques.

Group 53—Secure Resilient Systems and Technology
The Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group creates and transitions advanced technologies for ensuring the security and resiliency of next-generation mission-critical systems. The group's R&D in this area focuses on a wide range of systems from drones and satellites, to handheld devices and miniature sensors, to high-performance secure cloud computing, to many others. The group comprises computer scientists; software, hardware and electrical engineers; cryptographers; system analysts; and security architects, all of whom share a common passion for helping solve some of the hardest technical problems relevant to national security. The group pursues innovative, high-impact, practical research in small, focused teams, and it succeeds by participating in all R&D phases, including problem analysis and innovative solution design, system architecture, rapid prototyping, field-testing, and, ultimately, transfer of the technology to DoD and Intelligence Community users, sponsors, and industry. As a part of MIT, the group also collaborates closely with academia and publishes its research in top-tier venues.

Group 58—Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems
The U.S. Government faces serious threats from sophisticated cyber adversaries who seek to access, compromise, and disrupt systems and the missions they support. The Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group strives to improve the security of these government systems through the development and deployment of innovative cyber security solutions that rely on the application of sound scientific and engineering principles and methodologies. The group develops threat models, measures, and metrics for security; novel analytics for discovery and characterization of cyber actors; and scalable human-assistive cyber decision support tools. In each of the group's R&D areas, emphasis is placed on realistic data and rigorous experimental evaluation of techniques. Projects are carried out by small, focused, cooperative teams that succeed together by participating in all phases of technical solution development, including problem analysis, innovative solution design, system architecture, solution prototyping and field-testing, and final technology transfer to DoD and intelligence community sponsors or industry. The Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group comprises computer scientists, mathematicians, machine learning researchers and practitioners, system analysts, and security architects who firmly believe they can make a difference in the security of the nation.

Group 59—Cyber System Assessments
The Cyber System Assessments Group provides the U.S. government with independent assessments of cyber systems and capabilities. These assessments are accomplished through the research and development of unique, cutting-edge technical capabilities for understanding, testing, assessing, and analyzing cyber technologies. In addition to the principal mission of planning, constructing, supporting, and executing testing and evaluation activities of cyber capabilities, the group also focuses on red-teaming to identify weaknesses in U.S. systems and characterization of adversary capabilities. The group achieves success through excellence and experience in core technical competencies, including the planning and execution of cyber evaluations, development of realistic, high-fidelity test environments to model the Internet and networks of interest, modeling of adversary capabilities, development of threat surrogates, low-level systems analysis for vulnerability discovery and malicious software analysis, low-observable system instrumentation and forensic analysis, and reverse engineering.

Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center
The Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center (LLSC) is an interactive, on-demand parallel computing system that uses a large computing cluster to enable Laboratory researchers to augment the processing power of desktop systems with high-performance computational cluster nodes to process larger sets of sensor data, create higher-fidelity simulations, and develop entirely new algorithms. LLSC supports numerous programming languages and software libraries, including C, C++, Fortran, Java, MPI, PVL, and VSIPL; however, approximately 85% of Laboratory users run parallel MATLAB codes using the Lincoln Laboratory-developed pMatlab library ( or The MathWorks-developed MATLAB Distributed Computing Toolbox. More about the capabilites of this system can be found at the news articles listed here.


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