The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has joined the Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium.
It is one of four leading cybersecurity research universities — Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University — to take part in the consortium.
“We are honored to partner with Northrop Grumman and the other three academic institutions in the consortium,” said Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of USC Viterbi. “Finding solutions in this very important area, which is also one of the grand challenges of engineering, will benefit both the public and the private sectors. Cybersecurity challenges are intertwined with big data issues. Our existing strengths in both these areas and in analytics provide a solid base upon which we augment the consortium’s innovative work and its mission.”
The Cybersecurity Research Consortium is a partnership of industry and academia founded in December 2009 that aims to advance research, facilitate collaboration among the nation’s top scientists and accelerate solutions to counter the fast-changing threats from cyberspace.
USC Viterbi’s leadership in big data, computer science and informatics will expand the consortium’s breadth of research to further advance solutions to counter the newest and most pressing cyberthreats to the economy and national security.
“In today’s cyberenvironment, one of the biggest challenges our customers face is sifting through the enormous amounts of data flowing over their network, understanding its relevance and trustworthiness, and determining how it will affect their mission,” said Mike Papay, vice president and chief information security officer at Northrop Grumman.
He added: “When paired with Northrop Grumman’s deep domain knowledge and understanding of the global threat, USC’s long-term research in big data and analytics will help this industry/academic partnership transition inventive solutions to meet critical customer needs.”
USC Viterbi will research issues surrounding security and trust in big data storage and processing, especially when managed by highly distributed systems. It will draw on its expertise in trusted systems and standards, verifiable protection, and high-assurance security that protect and defend against adversarial attacks and software subversion. In addition, USC Viterbi plans to leverage its Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a leader in research and development of advanced information processing and computer and communications technology.
“Our team has in-depth knowledge of not only the scientific foundations of truly trustworthy high-assurance platforms, but also vast experience with practical deployment of focused government environments,” said Roger Schell, senior computer scientist at ISI. “We will expand and enhance these prior results into much broader and more important areas, such as securing big data for disparate domains in the cloud.”
The consortium will continue to address some of the world’s leading cyberproblems, including attribution in cyberspace, supply chain risk and securing critical infrastructure networks. Members of the consortium coordinate research projects, share information and best practices, develop curricula, write joint case studies and other publications, and provide numerous learning opportunities and applications for students and the defense community overall.
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