DARPA fuels security R&D
- By Diane Frank
- Oct 25, 2000
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded four contracts
to Secure Computing Corp., pumping more than $6 million into research and
development for secure networks, DARPA announced Monday.
The first three contracts are for programs within DARPA's Third Generation
Security Initiative, which is aimed at developing advanced mechanisms to
secure the Defense Department's critical infrastructure systems against
cyberattack. The three contracts cover:
* An autonomic distributed firewall. Such a firewall is encoded to block
automated attacks, enabling decision-makers to focus attention on sophisticated,
strategic attacks on networks.
* An intrusion-tolerant server infrastructure. An intrusion-tolerant
system continues to functions correctly even in the face of an attack.
* The Releasable Data Products Framework. The RDPF applies technologies
that work together to produce a high-assurance environment for the production
and release of data products.
The fourth contract is for secure high-performance virtual private networks,
a program to design secure VPNs running over high-bandwidth network connections.
Secure Computing plans to transfer much of the technology the company
will develop for DARPA into new and existing products offered to the commercial
market. The first phase of this technology transfer is expected to be delivered
by the end of this year.