DHS seeks research on nine cybersecurity areas

Science & Technology Directorate announcement

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The Homeland Security Department is initiating an ambitious Cyber Security Research Development Center program that entails soliciting input from industry, government labs and academia on how to protect data against the latest threats and intrusions.

The Science and Technology Directorate published a 43-page agency announcement seeking white papers on topics such as botnet and malware protection, composable and scaleable systems, cybermetrics, data visualization, routing security, process control security, real-time assessment, data anonymization, and insider threat detection and management.

White papers on technologies to address the threats and strengthen protections are due June 27. Final proposals will be due Sept. 17.

The directorate will award up to $4.5 million for research related to technologies proposing solutions in nine topic areas.

“A critical area of focus for DHS is the development and deployment of technologies to protect the nation’s cyberinfrastructure, including the Internet and other critical infrastructures that depend on computer systems for their mission,” the announcement states. The goals of the program are to assist in cybersecurity research, develop technologies and transfer those technologies to the nation’s critical infrastructure in an urgent fashion.

The technologies can be mature, a prototype or new, and eligible parties include academic and government research labs, individuals and corporate research entities. The department expects offerers to test and prove the effectiveness of their proposed technologies.

Alice Lipowicz writes for Washington Technology, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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