GrammaTech has secured a three-year, $9 million contract from the U.S. Navy to research and develop new techniques on how to defend software from potential cyber attacks.
The company said Monday that it will work to transform software applications of the Navy into tailored systems that can support new specific missions.
The new approach will use modern software-development strategies to develop a system which automates the deletion of irrelevant abstraction, indirection and other layers that are deemed inefficient.
GrammaTech added that it will use binary code transformation technologies used at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Cyber Grand Challenge in 2016 to develop the new system.
The company noted that the contract will support science and technology projects on Late-stage Software Customization and Complexity Reduction for Legacy Naval Systems conducted via the Total Platform Cyber Protection Innovative Naval Prototype program.
The Department of Homeland Security awarded GrammaTech an $8 million contract in March to develop a repeatable methodology that can test, evaluate and modernize tools used to discover software vulnerabilities.