Cyber Security Center Starting to Roll

Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 12:10 PM gHale

As a part of the nation’s first federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) solely dedicated to enhancing cyber security and protecting national information systems, the MITRE Corporation selected nine universities to serve on the Academic Affiliates Council.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected MITRE to operate the FFRDC.

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The FFRDC will support the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), established in 2012 by NIST, the state of Maryland, and Montgomery County, Maryland, to help businesses secure their data and digital infrastructure by bringing together information security experts from industry, government and academia.

To execute the goals of the newly established FFRDC, MITRE is partnering with the University System of Maryland (USM) and collaborating with other universities, nonprofits and organizations that advocate and perform cyber security research to ensure a broad perspective and the best expertise available.

The University of Delaware is among the universities involved in the new council, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, George Mason University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Illinois, University of Texas at Dallas and University of Texas at San Antonio.

“The University of Delaware (UD) is most pleased to collaborate with the MITRE-led FFRDC team,” said Starnes Walker, founding director of UD’s Cybersecurity Initiative (UDCSI) and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The new FFRDC will help to further the NCCoE’s goal to accelerate the adoption of secure technologies through public-private collaborations that identify and address today’s most pressing cyber security challenges.

UD’s Cybersecurity Initiative (CSI) is developing rapidly, with three new faculty recently joining the cyber group. An advisory council of leaders from the U.S. business community will also help guide the CSI and provide input into outreach and training programs.

This fall, UD began offering a new 18-credit minor in cyber security, allowing students to infuse computer and network security fundamentals into their current degree program. A master’s degree program in cyber security also is under development and should enroll its first class in September 2015.

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