Leahy: Norwich University Applied Research Institutes Gains Multi-Million Dollar Cybersecurity Contracts

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced that Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) of Northfield has been awarded competitive contracts worth up to $9.9 million from the Department of Homeland Security.  NUARI will provide research and development services in support of developing a national cyber war-gaming capability designed to make critical infrastructure more resilient to cyber-attacks.  The initial award is $1.5 million and the total potential value of the ongoing contract is $9.9 million.

The award will fund an updated version of the Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-making Exercises (DECIDE) program which helps both private sector businesses and public sector regulators plan for cyber-attacks through coordinated exercises.  Leahy spoke at Norwich University on August 22 to announce the Department of Homeland Security’s intention to award this contract to NUARI for the new version of the DECIDE program, DECIDE-FS, which is designed to expand participation in such exercises throughout the financial industry.

Senator Leahy has long supported cyber-incident management research and training at Norwich University, and in 2002 won enactment of a congressional charter that designated the Norwich University program the National Center for the Study of Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime, and established NUARI.  Under its federal charter, NUARI has emerged as a global leader in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curricula.

“This award represents another vote of confidence in the vital work being done at Norwich University, which continues to be a leader in preparing our nation for both current and future security threats,” said Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Leahy has spent nearly a decade supporting funding for the DECIDE program as a critical component in the battle against cybercrime and protection of key domestic infrastructure.  Begun with congressionally directed spending, DHS has recognized the value of the program and has remained committed to funding DECIDE out of its ongoing cyber security program budget. 

“It was Senator Leahy’s unfailing support and leadership in the area of cyber security and cyber security research and development that has allowed Norwich to develop this critical national capability and continues to make our financial sector and all critical infrastructure resilient,” said NUARI President Phil Susmann after learning of the award.

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