Perspecta Labs wins two DARPA 5G awards worth $25 million

October 26, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Perspecta Labs wins two DARPA 5G awards worth $25 million
The expected deployment of 5G networks poses a significant security risk due to the proliferation of foreign and untrusted hardware devices.

The applied research arm of Perspecta Inc., Perspecta Labs has received two awards on the Open, Programmable, Secure 5G (OPS-5G) program run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for work to improve security of 5G networks. The awards have a combined ceiling value of $25 million and a four-year period of performance if all options are exercised.

The OPS-5G program aims to improve 5G security through the creation of an architecture that decouples hardware and software ecosystems. This allows for secure operation over untrusted hardware and reduces the risk of supply chain attacks. OPS-5G also aims to provide security at scale for the growing number of sensors and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are part of 5G networks. On the program, Perspecta Labs will design, develop, integrate and demonstrate a security system that scales for devices ranging from IoT sensors to servers, and will incorporate a set of techniques to deliver real-time, distributed defense in depth cybersecurity for 5G, 6G and beyond.

"While emerging mobile wireless networking technologies are poised to revolutionize industries from manufacturing, retail and medicine to critical infrastructure, transportation and defense, they also increase risks of supply chain attacks and other malicious cyber exploits," said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Perspecta Labs. "Perspecta Labs looks forward to expanding its leadership in the development of secure 5G networks by developing a portable, standards-compliant network stack for 5G that is open, plug-and-play and secure by design."

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