The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is moving forward with plans to develop at National Cyber Range through contract awards to Lockheed Martin and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Under the contracts, both will be responsible for developing prototypes of a National Cyber Range, which will help cyber testing through an advanced computer and networking system.
The contracts to Lockheed Martin and Johns Hopkins University are worth $30.8 and $24.8 million respectively. The development of the National Cyber Range is part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), a classified initiative developed under the Bush administration to advance cyber security on government networks in the US.
“The National Cyber Range will revolutionize the Nation“™s ability to evaluate the security of our research programs,“ said DARPA Program Manager, Dr. Michael van Putte. “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.“
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