Cybersecurity tool maker Kryptowire has won a four-year, $7.3M contract to help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency conduct research and development activities on 5G mobile network security.
Kryptowire will perform work under DARPAâ€™s Open, Programmable, Secure 5G initiative which seeks to establish an open-source system to support subsequent next-generation networks such as 6G communications, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.
According to DARPA, the OPS-5G effort is meant to drive research into standards-compliant 5G network stacks to support automated functionalities and internet of things applications.
The agency noted that it plans to use a â€œplug and playâ€ concept for the 5G network and use portable systems to â€œdecouple the hardware and software ecosystemsâ€ while preventing supply-chain attacks.
DARPA received 40 bids for the Â cost-plus-fixed-fee contract through a competitive, broad agency announcement-based process and will obligate $884K in fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds at the time of award.
Contract work will take place in Virginia through September 2024.