Vencore Labs to Assist DARPA in Protecting US Electrical Grid


Petros Mouchtaris, Vencore Labs

Vencore Labs Inc. has been awarded two prime contracts for the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems, or RADICS, program led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The contracts are valued at $17 million.

The objective of the RADICS program is to develop technologies for detecting and responding to cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure. Vencore Labs will conduct research and deliver technologies in three of five technical areas.

“Vencore Labs is honored to be included as part of the RADICS program,” said Petros Mouchtaris, president of Vencore Labs. “As experts in cybersecurity monitoring and assessment services, we are excited to bring our unique experience and methodologies working with utility customers to this critical DARPA program.”

Under its two contracts, Vencore Labs intends to research, develop, demonstrate and deliver two systems known as MANTESSA (Machine-Intelligence for Advance Notification of Threats and Energy-Grid Survivable Situational Awareness) and a Scalable and Holistic Energy CybeR-weapon Localization and Characterization, or SHERLOC.

The MANTESSA system aims to address the problem of early detection of cyberattacks on the North American power grid and SHERLOC is intended to rapidly localize and characterize cyber-weapons that have gained access to power grid infrastructure.

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