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Department of Homeland Security hires UD to defend data centers from cyber attacks

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University of Delaware has won a contract from the Department of Homeland Security to build technology to defend data centers.

The $1.9 million dollar project will be used to develop technology to prevent Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS attacks. This type of cyber attack uses multiple computers and Internet connections to flood a server and shut down access to an organization’s website. They’re commonly used against banks, news organizations and other high profile websites.

Under this new contract, UD would focus on a new brand of DDoS attacks that target data centers.  

UD plans to use an approach that will let operators better track irregularities, changes in energy consumption per client, and increases in server temperature. They hope their method will speed up the process of identifying and acting on unexpected system changes.

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