http://www.washtech.com/news/govtit/12854-1.html By Kyle Balluck, Washtech.com Staff Writer Tuesday, October 2, 2001; 3:39 PM The Gaithersburg-based National Institute of Standards and Technology today said it has awarded $5 million in funding for research to enhance the security of electrical grids, air traffic control systems and other infrastructure. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Grants Program grants are aimed at speeding efforts to secure computer and telecommunications systems that support essential services. Program officials said the security efforts are needed because many critical infrastructures are increasingly automated and interdependent. NIST awarded nine grants to five companies, three universities and two commercial/academic partnerships. Among the awards to regional companies: * The University of Maryland and NAI Labs in Glenwood, Md., received $861,000 to develop a secure wireless infrastructure test bed used to research security testing of wireless communication. * Decision Science Associates in Vienna and Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin will split $100,000 to develop ways to measure the effectiveness of computer intrusion detection systems. * CygnaCom Solutions of McLean will receive $84,000 to develop ways to evaluate the security of computer systems, focusing on the security of individual components and larger systems. Richard A. Clarke, national coordinator for security, critical infrastructure and counter-terrorism at the National Security Council, described the grants in a statement as an important down payment toward addressing existing cyber challenges. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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