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DARPA sets first phase contracts for National Cyber Range

By Brian Robinson
Jan 12, 2009
Government Computer News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced Jan. 8 a total of some $30 million of first contract awards for its National Cyber Range (NCR) program, a research and development testbed aimed at speeding deployment of new cybersecurity systems and which is a key part of the interagency Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI).

Launched early in 2008, the CNCI will be managed by the Homeland Security Department and will be the central coordinating office for all of the government’s cybersecurity organizations and development efforts.

The NCR will focus on developing technologies that provide improvements in cybersecurity that are orders of magnitude beyond that which current systems manage, DARPA officials said, and that can be deployed anywhere from five to 10 years from now.

“Addressing the vulnerabilities within our cyber infrastructure must become our long-term national security and economic security priority,” Melissa Hathaway, director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force, said. “I don’t believe that this is a single-year or even a multi-year investment – it’s a multi-decade approach.”

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