Assured Information Security in Rome has been awarded a nearly $48 million Air Force contract.

Senator Charles Schumer made the announcement on Tuesday.

AIS will explore next-generation network operations and vulnerability assessment technology or INNOVATE.

INNOVATE is an effort to provide new cyber assessment tools for high-priority, emerging or existing telecommunications technologies.

The work will be done in Rome over the next two years.

"We are pleased to be the recipient of this contract award and it's a testament to our employees and their commitment to delivering our customers with the very best,” said Pat Kotary, Vice President of Strategic Accounts for AIS. “In regard to the economic impact of this award, we will be hiring additional staff at both our Rome and Rochester offices.”

“This contract is not only a huge boost to the Mohawk Valley’s economy, but it will help the Air Force improve our nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure,” said Schumer. “The Mohawk Valley’s workforce is second to none, and the Air Force made the right choice by selecting Assured Information Security Inc. for this important work. It is awards like these that show how important Rome Lab’s work is to the local economy. I will to do everything I can to bring more work and jobs to Upstate New York.”

AIS was founded in 2001 and is located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome.