DHS Awards Five R&D Projects for Mobile App Security
Thursday, September 07, 2017 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded funding to five research and development (R&D) projects that will enhance the secure use of mobile applications for the federal government.

“Adversaries can use a compromised or vulnerable mobile app as an avenue to target and gain a foothold on a user’s device,” said Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology William N. Bryan. “The mobile application security project will deliver innovative security solutions that will ensure apps used by government personnel and the public are secure.”

Qualcomm Technologies was awarded $1.84 million to use and integrate its commercial technology to demonstrate a platform on which mobile application security can be anchored in the hardware of a device. The effort will include the demonstration of a mission-critical-grade security layer (MCGSL). The MCGSL will extend continuous observations from the mobile device through application programming interfaces (APIs) to third-party applications and services across the commercial mobile ecosystem. The project is intended to demonstrate the potential for broad use across devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms.

Lookout was awarded $1.8 million to add new app threat, risk and vulnerability detection and protection capabilities and enhance existing capabilities in its cloud-based Mobile Endpoint Security platform. These enhancements will strengthen the government’s ability to securely enable the use of mobile technologies for mission-critical activities.

United Technologies Researcher Center (UTRC) was awarded $1.45 million to develop and implement a mobile app security system that will be run on a hybrid mobile-device-cloud environment.

Red Hat and Kryptowire were jointly awarded $1.9 million to integrate security throughout the entire mobile app development lifecycle. They will develop an extension of the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform (RHMAP) that will enable security templates for developers and integrate automated mobile app security testing.

Apcerto received a $1.6 million cooperative agreement to research and develop solutions for normalizing and rating mobile applications based on predefined standards, as well as to develop a framework for orchestrating the entire mobile application security process.

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