[ISN] NIST Awards $5M to Boost Infrastructure Security

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Date: Wed Oct 03 2001 - 00:18:30 PDT

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    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
    * 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.
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