Raytheon has been awarded multiple DARPA contracts to develop cyber defenses for the U.S. electrical power grid.

The contracts, which total $9 million, were awarded under DARPA's Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems program.  

"Raytheon BBN will create technologies to enhance situational awareness by providing early warning of an impending attack and detecting adversary spoofing of power grid data collection and communication," said a company news release. "These technologies will also maintain situational awareness in the immediate aftermath of an attack."

Raytheon will also "examine methods to maintain secure emergency communication networks in the aftermath of an attack. Raytheon BBN's approach seeks to isolate affected organizations from the Internet and establish a secure emergency network to coordinate power restoration without depending on external networks."