In search of a tree full of owls

DHS looking for a few cybersecurity brainiacs

While it is busy bringing order to its information technology fundamentals, the Homeland Security Department also is seeking to upgrade its cybersecurity functions through a Broad Agency Announcement aimed at determining the most promising future technologies.

DHS' Science and Technology Directorate plans to spend $4.5 million on the basic research and development projects, which fit together with other cybersecurity work done by the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team and other department projects.

According to procurement documents available through Input, the directorate issued its request for proposals in mid-May and received responses Sept. 17.

The directorate specified nine areas for the bidders to home in on:

  • Botnets and malware, especially detection and mitigation.
  • Composable and scalable secure systems.
  • Cybersecurity metrics.
  • Network data visualization for information assurance.
  • Internet tomography and topography.
  • Routing security management tools.
  • Process-control system security.
  • Data anonymization tools and techniques.
  • Insider threat detection and mitigation.

The department has announced that it expects to award contracts in November to study the research issues.

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