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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded five contracts for $7.8 million for research on technologies to help defend against attacks on cyber physical systems.

These projects are part of the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division’s larger Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) program.

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The awards help address inherent vulnerabilities and strengthen security in the areas of automotive security, building control systems, and medical device security.

Award recipients include:
• New York University: $1.4 million
• University of Michigan: $1.2 million
• HRL Laboratories, LLC, of Malibu, California: $2.5 million
• Kansas State University:$900,000
• Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium of The Bronx, New York: $1.8 million

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“In our daily lives, we use a complex network of devices – in our cars, homes, offices and hospitals – all of which require attention from a homeland security perspective,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers. “S&T aims to be vigilant against these potential threats and address security in a serious way.”

Advances in networking, computing, sensing, and control systems enabled a broad range of Cyber Physical Systems devices, from the smart power grid to the Internet of Things. The new contracts will focus research and development efforts in these technical areas:

• Automotive Security: Build an infrastructure for secure and reliable update systems for government and privately-owned vehicles
• Building Control Systems: Develop early-warning systems as well as a layered architecture to enforce security and safety requirements in the event of a cyber-physical attack
• Medical Device Security: Support the creation of a safe and secure national biomedical device network and an automated risk management framework to integrate security in all phases of the device life cycle

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