WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded two contracts as part of a phase II program supporting the U.S. cybersecurity initiatives.
DARPA announced it has awarded Johns Hopkins University approximately $24.7 million and U.S. company Lockheed Martin approximately $30.8 million as part of the National Cyber Range program phase II.
As part of phase II, authorities at Lockheed Martin and Johns Hopkins University will build a prototype computer system for cyber testing technology as part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative designed to counter Internet-based threats.
"The NCR will revolutionize the Nation's ability to evaluate the security of our research programs," Michael van Putte, DARPA program manager, said in a statement.
"The NCR program is developing revolutionary capabilities for cyber experimentation including a fully automated, secure range to validate leap-ahead cyber research technologies and systems, as well as provide vision for iterative and new computer security research directions for the community."