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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded funding to five research and development (R&D) projects to enhance mobile applications security (MAS) for the government. The DHS S&T Mobile Security R&D program, part of the Cyber Security Division in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, will mahange the projects. The recently launched MAS project will focus on continuous validation and threat protection for mobile apps and integrating security throughout the mobile app lifecycle. It also is developing a security framework and integrated models that will enable the development of secure mobile apps for mission use by DHS components, other government agencies and enterprise organizations. “Adversaries can use a compromised or vulnerable mobile app as an avenue to target and gain a foothold on a user’s device,” said Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology William N. Bryan. “The Mobile Application Security project will deliver innovative security solutions that will ensure apps used by government personnel and the public are secure.”
DHS awarded the contracts under Broad Agency Announcement HSHQDC-16-R-B0006 (issued in June 2016) to the following recipients:
Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated of San Diego, California, was awarded $1,842,739 to utilize and integrate its commercial technology to demonstrate a platform on which mobile application security can be anchored in the hardware of a device, including demonstration of a Mission-Critical-Grade Security Layer (MCGSL). The MCGSL will extend continuous observations from the mobile device through Application Programming Interfaces to third-party applications and services across the commercial mobile ecosystem. The project is intended to demonstrate the potential for broad use across devices with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ platforms.
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