Military supplier Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $31m (£19m) deal to develop new cyber security systems.
The company said that it will enlist the support of Microsoft, Juniper Networks and researchers from Stanford University for the project, which is being commissioned by the US military.
Among the aims of the campaign will be to develop new methods for securing networks and managing bandwidth, along with a range of access and policy management tools.
The project could benefit consumer and enterprise users as the technologies developed could be adopted into various commercial products and systems.
"With systems from land, air and space connected to the Global Information Grid, cyber security is vital to every aspect of military operations, and new network threats and attacks require revolutionary protection concepts," said John Mengucci, president of information systems and global services at Lockheed Martin.
Improving network, server and end-point security has become a major government priority under the Obama administration.
Much of the effort has been driven by the growing toll of government data losses and breaches, along with the growing fears of large-scale cyber attacks from hackers and government-operated hostile groups.
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