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Doug Maughan: DHS Plans Up to $95M Cybersecurity Tech Investments

cybersecurityThe Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate seeks to invest up to $95 million in projects that will help DHS address a range of cyber issues, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes the DHS held industry events this week to discuss four solicitations in the areas of data privacy, denial-of-service defense, mobile  security and cyber-physical integration.

“We are looking for things that are new, that will add security into existing capabilities,” Doug Maughan, director of DHS S&T office’s cybersecurity division, told the station.

“We want things that can be transitioned, commercialized and made available, and they have to think about that as they put their proposals together,” Maughan added, according to the station.

Miller reports that white papers are due July 22 and full proposals will be due to the agency in late September or October.

The directorate plans to award contracts by the end of March 2015, according to Miller.

“In the cybersecurity world today, it’s more and more important to see results in the more and more near term,” Maughan told the station.

“Gone are the days of large five-year research programs. We need some deliverables in six to 12 months.”

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