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MacBs Enlighten IT Consulting Develops Cyber Learning Engine to Detect Unknown Threats

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md., June 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB), a leading National Security company delivering advanced engineering services, cybersecurity and product solutions, announced today that Enlighten IT Consulting (EITC), a MacB subsidiary, has developed a Cyber Learning Engine (CLE) trained to identify previously unknown threats to a network without human supervision. The new tool helps address the growing need for a faster and more flexible solution to handle both the volume and complexity of cyber data across the Department of Defense (DoD).

Enlighten’s CLE was developed based on a Deep Learning (DL) concept of using artificial neural networks to process data in layers. As more data is entered, the model’s conclusions about bad actors in the network become more accurate over time. For example, the new CLE progressed from a 75% probability of correctly identifying malicious content, up to 95% accuracy. Even more significant, it identified signs of a network breach, also known as Indicators of Compromise (IOC), not previously reported in any open or non-open source data and later identified as threats.  

“Within the field of Artificial Intelligence, DL models that can search through terabytes of data and reach accurate conclusions without human intervention are essential for future success,” said Duane Shugars, Enlighten’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “I’m proud that our team has worked so hard to address these critical network challenges and produce a true production-ready CLE that will help protect DoD networks.” 

Over the past 39 years, MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) has been solving many of our Nation’s most complex National Security challenges. We are committed to delivering critical capabilities in the areas of Intelligence and Analysis, Cybersecurity, Secure Cloud Engineering, Research and Development, Integrated Laboratories and Information Technology to Defense, Intelligence Community, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security, and Federal agencies to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. With Corporate Headquarters in Dayton, Ohio and National Capital Headquarters in Vienna, Virginia, our 1,500 employees worldwide are dedicated to developing mission-focused and results-oriented solutions that make a difference where and when it matters most. Learn more about MacB at

Since 2007, Enlighten IT Consulting (EITC) has been an innovative provider of advanced and mission-critical big data infrastructure, secure cloud engineering, and analytic solutions for federal, state, and local clients with specific emphasis on the warfighter and decision makers responsible for national defense and security. A premier partner of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Enlighten has collaborated with AWS to provide innovative solutions to meet many of the challenges facing the U.S Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community related to big data, cyber analytics, data fusion, and IT transformation. The company is headquartered in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. Enlighten was acquired by MacB in December 2016.

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