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DHS Taps University of Oregon to Develop DDoS Defense Tool; Dan Massey Comments

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cybersecurityThe University of Oregon has secured a $1.38 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate to develop a platform designed to protect government computer networks from distributed-denial-of-service attacks.

DHS said Monday the university will work to create a DrawBridge that intends to facilitate collaboration between an organization and the Internet service provider in order to disrupt the ability of DDoS attack-related traffic to get into an organization’s data infrastructure.

The university will carry out the project as part of the DDoS Defenses program run by the directorate’s cybersecurity division.

“Virtually any site on the Internet could become the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack and the attackers are constantly exploiting new techniques and new technologies to make attacks even more effective,” said Dr. Dan Massey, DDoSD program manager of the S&T directorate’s cybersecurity division.

“Efforts such as the one envisioned by the University of Oregon team aim to exploit new technologies to make cyber defense more robust.”

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