Norwich University awarded $9.9 million grant by DHS for cybersecurity program

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced on August 22 that the Department of Homeland Security will award the Norwich University Applied Research Institute competitive contracts for cybersecurity projects.

The contracts will total $9.9 million for the Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-making Exercises program. The program helps develop safe regulatory exercises against cyber attacks that threaten private sector businesses and the public sector.

"It always impresses me - but never surprises me - when I hear about Norwich University's success readying our military and security leaders for today's challenges while continuing its historic mission of developing the military leaders of tomorrow," Leahy said in prepared remarks at Norwich University. "This $9.9 million in additional contracts will keep Norwich growing in the crucial and cutting-edge arena of cyber security, and growing as an essential part of the community in Northfield."

The largest U.S. financial sector cyber exercise to date, called Quantum Dawn 2, was run by NUARI employees with DECIDE program architecture. The grant seeks to expand on the exercise to include more of the financial sector in its program considerations.

Leahy is the senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which handles the annual defense budget. He has supported the DECIDE program for ten years.

NUARI has become an internationally recognized company for its development in cyber war gaming, distributed simulation technology, infrastructure exercise, cyber security and distributed learning technology.

"Improving a collective response in the face of an evolving advanced persistence threat is a continuous process," NUARI President Phil Susmann said. "An immersive, stressful and adaptable simulation environment, employed with a thinking adversary, is critical to preparing individuals and organizations for the fog of war, when quick, but clear thinking and cooperation are essential. Realistic training, with measurable consequences to an organization's value chain, encourages individual and institutional information sharing, cooperation and coordination."