14 August 2016

DARPA awards contract to restore power grid after cyberattack

August 9, 2016

SRI International has been awarded a $7.3 million DARPA contract to restore the U.S. power grid after a cyberattack.

SRI will support the Threat Intelligence for Grid Recovery project, which is part of DARPA's Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program, according to the Department of Defense contract announcement.

The power grid is one of 16 sectors defined as critical infrastructure. 

Under the four-year contract, RADICS is intended to restore electrical service within seven days after the grid has been brought down by a cyberattack.

"RADICS will develop innovative automated systems to detect indications and warning of an impending attack, provide situational awareness, and accelerate recovery actions by enabling first responders to isolate affected systems from the Internet, establish a secure communications network and characterize the nature of the threat," the DoD said.

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