DHS Launches Critical Infrastructure Center

Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 09:04 AM gHale

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will officially launch their Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) Center of Excellence Tuesday.

Led by the University of Illinois, CIRI is developing new technologies and business approaches to improve the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure.

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Private entities own and operate most of the nation’s critical infrastructures. The need for more knowledge, resources and tools to protect these entities from cyber attacks and complications is essential.

As the recipient of a competitive five year, up to $20 million grant from S&T, CIRI will help facilitate the private-public partnerships necessary to protect these systems. With its grant, S&T is positioning CIRI to act as a national thought leader and hub for research.

CIRI is an association of 16 universities, national laboratories, and private companies conducting research, creating tools and educating the public.

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