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  • DARPA Seeks Proposals for $77M Power Grid Cyber Detection Program; John Everett Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    DARPA Seeks Proposals for $77M Power Grid Cyber Detection Program; John Everett Comments

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has asked industry to submit proposals for a potential four-year, $77 million program that aims to develop systems that will work to detect and respond to cyber attacks on the U.S. power grid. DARPA posted the broad agency announcement for the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems program on […] More

  • DARPA to Hold Proposers Day on Power Grid Cyber Initiative - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    DARPA to Hold Proposers Day on Power Grid Cyber Initiative

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has scheduled a Proposers Day for Dec. 14 to discuss an upcoming broad agency announcement on DARPA’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization program. DARPA said in a notice posted Dec. 3 the RADICS program seeks early-warning, situational awareness and threat characterization technologies to detect and respond to cyber attacks on critical infrastructure. The […] More

  • SAP NS2's Mark Testoni: US Needs to Secure Critical Network Infrastructures From Cyber Attacks - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    SAP NS2's Mark Testoni: US Needs to Secure Critical Network Infrastructures From Cyber Attacks

    Mark Testoni, president and CEO of SAP National Security Services, told Federal Times in an interview published Friday the U.S. needs to defend critical network infrastructures from cyber attacks as cyber warfare becomes “another dimension of conflict.“ “Our warfighting capabilities today generally are nation-state versus nation-state, generally in land, space or air,” Testoni told Aaron Boyd in the interview. “Now […] More

  • Lockheed, PowerAmerica Forge Bandgap Microelectronics Partnership; Jeff Wilcox Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed, PowerAmerica Forge Bandgap Microelectronics Partnership; Jeff Wilcox Comments

    Lockheed Martin and manufacturing institute PowerAmerica have teamed up to develop and commercialize wide bandgap microelectronic tools the companies will build to reduce sizes electronic components and mitigate potential energy losses. “Wide bandgap semiconductors have huge potential for aerospace and defense, especially in embedded power systems and high-power radio frequency applications,” Jeff Wilcox, vice president of […] More

  • Duncan Earl: DOE Makes Quantum Computing Push Through Grant to Qubitekk - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Duncan Earl: DOE Makes Quantum Computing Push Through Grant to Qubitekk

    Qubitekk, a San Diego-based startup company, has received a $3 million grant from the Energy Department to develop quantum encryption technology to secure the national power grid from hacking and other cyberattacks. The company said Aug. 26 that it will work with the Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia national laboratories; the University of Texas at […] More

  • GE Helps Upgrade Mississippi City Grid; Todd Jackson Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    GE Helps Upgrade Mississippi City Grid; Todd Jackson Comments

    GE has been selected to help modernize the power grid of a city in Mississippi with the goal of helping the city fulfill energy usage requirements. Holly Springs City will use GE's solutions-as-a-service offering to detect power outages, inform utilities about these disruptions and monitor city assets, GE said Thursday. Todd Jackson, product line leader […] More

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    Oak Ridge's Titan Tops Fastest Supercomputer List

    U.S. national laboratories operate five out of the 20 fastest supercomputers in the world, Information Week reports. Citing a survey from Top500.org, Patience Wait writes Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer takes the top spot in this year's list. Titan is used for nuclear power research and development of materials used for manufacturing and modeling […] More

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    FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: Federal Cyber Authority Over Utilities Needed

    It is up to Congress to give approval for new federal regulatory oversight of electric grid cybersecurity, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday, according to The Hill newspaper. Wellinghoff made the remarks at a media event hosted by The Energy Daily in Washington, Zack Colman reports. He claimed he cannot confidentially communicate cyber […] More

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    FERC: Power Grid Security Certificates Should Have Shorter Terms

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently responded to questions from top Senate lawmakers on cybersecurity standards for power grids, CNET reports. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the panel’s senior Republican member, asked the agency to investigate industry standards for authentication and access to control systems. According to […] More

  • IBM to Update Vermont Comm. Network for Smart Grid - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    IBM to Update Vermont Comm. Network for Smart Grid

    IBM and the Vermont Electric Power Co. have agreed to build a fiber optic and Carrier Ethernet communications network to support Vermont’s smart grid efforts, IBM announced Tuesday.  IBM will provide program management and networking services for the network, which will connect transmission substations to Vermont's distribution utilities. IBM said the network will relay information […] More

  • DHS, Idaho National Lab Win Award for Cyber Training Programs - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    DHS, Idaho National Lab Win Award for Cyber Training Programs

    The Department of Homeland Security‘s National Cyber Security Division and the Idaho National Laboratory have won the 2011 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for creating a series of training programs on defending the power grid and other utility systems, according to a SANS Institute announcement. The programs were created by the DHS Controls Systems Security Program and […] More

  • Accenture Reports Increased Solar Energy Installation May Undermine Power Grid - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Accenture Reports Increased Solar Energy Installation May Undermine Power Grid

    A recent study by Accenture, “Achieving High Performance with Solar Photovoltaic Integration“, found that the increased penetration of solar energy installations by residential and commercial property owners and large-scale solar energy developers could undermine the reliability, safety and quality of power supply on the electric grid for unprepared utilities. Accenture conducted the study with 50 executives from 31 […] More

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