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DHS Awards DDoS-Focused Cyber Research Contracts to Universities of Delaware, Houston

cyberThe Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has selected the University of Delaware and University of Houston to conduct cybersecurity research focused on distributed-denial-of-service attacks under contracts worth $4.5 million combined.

DHS said Thursday the $1.9 million “Ensuring Energy and Power Safety in Data Centers” contract with the University of Delaware seeks to develop technologies that hinder DDoS attacks directed at data centers.

The $2.6 million “DDoS Resilient Emergency Dispatch Center” contract with the University of Houston aims for technologies that protect emergency response systems from DDoS attacks, DHS said Friday.

Reginald Brothers
Reginald Brothers

The department noted that both contracts are part of its Distributed Denial of Service Defenses program.

“Cyber threats are constantly changing,” said Reginald Brothers, undersecretary for science and technology at DHS.

“S&T is working to develop innovative solutions to help keep pace with these changes and defend against cyber threats like DDoS attacks.”

According to DHS, the University of Delaware’s work will center on the utilization of data analytics to monitor data centers and other critical systems for irregularities in order to prevent power, energy and thermal emergencies.

The University of Houston will work to build the cyber resiliency of the emergency dispatch system using open standards-based mitigation technologies, DHS added.

As part of the contract, the university will also provide on-demand computing and networking support via cloud to increase the dispatch system’s capacity during emergencies as well as deploy context-based automated smart interactive response technologies to verify emergency calls.

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