DHS S&T Awards Cyber Defense Contracts

September 28, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has awarded eight contracts totaling $14 million to create technology to defend against large and sophisticated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The projects will become part of the Distributed Denial of Service Defenses Program.

The awards include:

  • University of California, San Diego: $1.3 million
  • University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute: $1.8 million
  • Colorado State University: $2.7 million
  • University of Houston, Texas: $2.6 million
  • University of Delaware: $1.9 million
  • University of Oregon: $1.3 million
  • Waverley Labs of Waterford, Virginia: $629,992
  • Galois Inc. of Portland, Oregon: $1.7 million

The awards focus on three areas:

  • Measurement and Analysis to Promote Best Current Practices: this aims to slow the growth rate in denial of service attacks and make current attacks more difficult by promoting the deployment of existing best practices.
  • Tools for Communication and Collaboration: these will develop tools and techniques that allow organizations to collaboratively respond to attacks.
  • Novel DDoS Attack Mitigation and Defense Techniques:  these address new threats while denial of service attack concepts are being applied to non-traditional targets, such as emergency management systems and cyber physical systems.




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