Tuesday, January 12, 2010

DARPA's Massive Cyber Security Project Awards $56 Million for Research

Michael Cooney writes on the NetworkWorld 'Layer 8' Blog:

Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today awarded almost $56 million to two contractors it expects will develop the second phase of technologies that it promises will be revolutionary and bolster current cyber security technology by orders of magnitude. DARPA spent $30 million to develop Phase 1.

The contracts are part of DARPA's ambitious National Cyber Range program the agency says will develop revolutionary cyber research and development technologies. DARPA states that the NCR will advance myriad security technologies and "conduct unbiased, quantitative and qualitative assessment of information assurance and survivability tools in a network environment."

Today's announcement shows Lockheed Martin got $30,803,319 and John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory received $24,777,235 to continue developing the program. Lockheed got $5.3 million in the first round of development and Johns Hopkins got $7.3 million. Others such as BAE Systems, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman split up the rest of the initial $30 million contract for phase 1.

More here.


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