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Doug Maughan: DHS to Key 2015 Cyber Funding Awards on Forensics, Remote Access

Doug-Maughan
Doug Maughan

Doug Maughan, director of the Department of Homeland Security science and technology directorate’s cybersecurity division, has said DHS will award $95 million in contracts during fiscal year 2015 to develop new cybersecurity technologies, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes the DHS intends for the cybersecurity systems to protect cars, home devices and medical equipment.

“We are looking at it on two fronts. One is on the forensics front to analyze the data in the car if needed for forensics purposes,” Maughan told the station.

“The other one is we are working with automotive manufacturers in developing standards that they can require of their third-party vendors so we can make cars more secure from the standpoint of remote access,” he added.

DHS received more than 300 white papers from industry, academia and international partners, out of which the agency plans to carry forward up to 30 proposals, Maughan told Federal News Radio.

Miller writes the DHS also seeks partnership with Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to finance research efforts for medical device security.

Maughan added that law enforcement officers also want technologies they can use to extract data from devices, the station reports.

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