DHS funds small biz cyber R&D

DHS funds small biz cyber R&D

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded funding to 13 small businesses around the country for new cybersecurity technologies that address the research and development needs of DHS components and the homeland security enterprise.  Awards were made in four areas:

  • Applicability of blockchain technology to identity management and privacy protection.
  • Remote identity proofing alternative to knowledge-based authentication and verification.
  • Malware prediction for situational understanding and pre-emptive cyber defense.
  • Real-time assessment of resilience and preparedness.

Under the Science and Technology Directorate’s Small Business Innovation Research program, each company will receive approximately $100,000 for development of their projects.

Some of the companies include Digital Bazaar from Blacksburg, Va., which will be developing a linked data ledger format and architecture to show how to publish identity credentials; PreID from Atherton, Calif., will be looking at new identity verification approaches; and InferLink Corp.  from El Segundo, Calif., will be developing an end-to-end prototype system for resiliency assessment.

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

Leonard can be contacted at mleonard@gcn.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Lnrd.

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