Lockheed Martin contracted to improve security for military networks

On Friday, Lockheed Martin announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) worth $31 million. The contract calls for the company to develop new cyber assurance procedures to improve security, dynamic bandwidth allocation, and policy-based prioritization levels at the individual and unit level, with the overarching goal of protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and security of military networks.

Lockheed Martin’s team will develop router technologies that include strong authentication and self configuration capabilities to improve security, reduce the need for trained network personnel and lower overall life cycle costs for network management. Lockheed Martin is teamed with Anagran, Juniper Networks, LGS Innovations, and Microsoft to develop the new Military Network Protocol. Stanford University will also support the development effort.

“With systems from land, air and space connected to the Global Information Grid, cyber security is vital to every aspect of military operations, and new network threats and attacks require revolutionary protection concepts, ” said John Mengucci, President of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services-Defense. “Through this project, as well as our cyber Mission Maker initiatives, we are working to enhance cyber security and ensure the warfighter can fight on despite cyber attacks.”

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