Nicol and Mitra lead NSA-funded effort to design trusted systems
Information Trust Institute at Illinois
6/27/2018 2:15:47 PM
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a contract from the National Security Agency to lead an effort that will deepen the scientific understanding of the design of trusted systems. Illinois is one of six research institutions to receive funding for a "Lablet" that will conduct foundational security and privacy work over the next five years.
The Illinois Lablet will focus on the Science of Security for Resilient Systems (SSRS). The multi-university initiative, which includes researchers from 13 institutions and builds on the work of a previous NSA Lablet at Illinois, will consider how to develop security at a system level, examining how the properties of different components contribute to a system’s end-to-end security.
From cellular networks to the smart grid, many of the nation’s most critical systems are vulnerable, whether from an accident, natural disaster, or malicious attack. In addition, the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and other new cyber-enhanced infrastructures will enable many exciting and useful applications, but present new attack surfaces and risks. When these systems go down, it can have a devastating effect on the well-being of our society.
"If only a handful of researchers develop and use a science of security, then we won’t make much impact on a national level," Sanders said. "To have real impact, we need to build a community of researchers who develop and use science of security principles and methods, and who work together to identify and attack hard problems."
In this round, NSA also is funding Lablets led by Carnegie-Mellon University, International Computer Science Institute, North Carolina State University, University of Kansas, and Vanderbilt University.
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