TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has received a contract to provide cybersecurity training to the US Department of Defense (DoD).

Valued at nearly $68m for all awardees, the contract includes one base year with four option years, and provides the DoD personnel with critical curriculum development and training delivery services to support the government’s cybersecurity workforce development.

TCS senior vice-president and chief technology officer Drew Morin said: "The DoD’s cyber workforce development efforts are one of our nation’s top priorities.

"This contract renewal acknowledges our proven track record of excellence in developing and delivering complex cybersecurity operations training at the scale and demanding operational tempo required by our nation’s warfighters.

"TCS’ expert cybersecurity instructors and continuously updated curriculum fully support the government’s objective to fortify mission-critical assignments with experienced and knowledgeable professionals."

"The DoD’s cyber workforce development efforts are one of our nation’s top priorities."

The company is expected to leverage its Art of Exploitation cybersecurity portfolio to complement and enhance delivery of cybersecurity training.

In addition, TCS will leverage its PerformanScore tool to provide performance-based testing, which is said to be an evolution in modern-day cyber training.

Consisting of PerformanScore, AoE Training and AoE Labs, TCS’ AoE Training is a customised instruction in the fields of penetration testing, forensics, defence strategies, vulnerability analysis, software development and reverse engineering.

PerformanScore is a performance based testing tool that identifies and remediates vulnerabilities, while hardening networks against cybersecurity threats.

The company’s instructors provide training at its advanced training facility in Hanover, Maryland, US, and worldwide, while AoE Services are information assurance best-practices guidance that undertake vulnerability assessments and malicious cyber activity investigation.

AoE Labs conduct testing and evaluation of application and software source code, including Android, Windows, iOS, QNX, and Web Services Interface, thereby reducing security risks.

TCS’ curriculum is said to have been used for advanced cybersecurity training of more than 12,000 government and enterprise professionals since 2009.