PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has contracted Hewlett-Packard to develop a defense system to counter cyber threats.
U.S. computer technologies developer HP was awarded a $3.6 million deal from DARPA. Under the contract, HP will be expected to develop a scalable and proactive network monitoring system to protect Defense Department computers against cyber threats.
Officials say the HP system will monitor the movement of data distribution to identify exchanges that could expose the network to potentially harmful threats.
"HP's scalable network monitoring system allows for a new, dynamic method of identifying suspicious data and detecting threats before they enter the system," Mike Freeman, HP Federal Business vice president, said in a statement.
"This system is one of the first of its kind to apply statistical physics to continuously monitor the defended networks and their environments."