The Air Force has awarded a software contract worth as much as $7.3 million to SRI International as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program to boost the cybersecurity of the nation’s power grid.
Under DARPA’s Threat Intelligence for Grid Recovery contract, SRI will create tools and platforms so technicians can judge cyberthreat severity, remotely isolate affected areas in the network and establish secure communications. The four-year contract aims to restore power within seven days if the complex network that provides electricity to the country’s homes and businesses comes under attack.
The contract is part of DARPA’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems, or RADICS, program, which is working to bolster the cyber defenses of “U.S. critical infrastructure, especially those parts essential to DoD mission effectiveness,” a program description on DARPA’s website reads.
SRI International, which beat out about 70 other companies, will work on the project from Menlo Park, California.
Representatives from DARPA were not available for comment.