New Cyber Technology Lab at Georgia Tech

Thursday, October 14, 2010 @ 09:10 AM gHale

A new Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory (CTISL) is now in development at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).
CTISL researchers will develop cutting-edge capabilities that will allow trusted data to go across trusted networks to ensure effective missions for GTRI’s customers. CTISL’s work will focus on providing resilient command and control solutions to war fighters operating in contested environments, helping industry defend against cyber criminals, and safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure.
“The consolidation of GTRI’s key cyber researchers, programs and resources under a single umbrella of shared research objectives will be a powerful driver in the development of new cyber solutions and technologies that will have an immediate impact on the United States,” said CTISL acting director Bo Rotoloni.
Researchers in the new laboratory will pursue opportunities in various agencies within the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security; local, state and foreign ally governments; and commercial and private entities.
CTISL will also leverage basic research from across the Georgia Institute of Technology, as part of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC).
“At GTISC, real-world impact of our research programs is very important so we are excited that our faculty and students will be able to collaborate with researchers in the new Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory to help create cyber security solutions that will address real problems,” said GTISC director Mustaque Ahamad, who is a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Computer Science. “GTRI’s expertise in developing such solutions complements our basic research and by working together, Georgia Tech will be well positioned to play a leadership role in this important field.”
The new research laboratory, GTRI’s eighth, will consist of three divisions that will pursue an aggressive strategy to provide world-class support for enduring programs and integration of cutting-edge cyber solutions, emerging technology and policy, Rotoloni said. The three divisions include secure information systems, command and control mission assurance, and network vulnerability.
Researchers in the secure information systems division design, develop and deploy enterprise information systems requiring state-of-the-art database, platform and Internet security. They are currently providing secure applications and cross-domain extensible markup language (XML) guards to the U.S. Department of Defense to enable sharing of compartmented data between networks.
In the command and control mission assurance division, GTRI researchers will design and field resilient information systems. Cutting edge technologies, including secure network enclaves, virtualization, multi-level security, and adaptive quality of service management, will apply to construct command and control systems for combat operations.

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