IU to Lead $5M Cybersecurity Center

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Indiana University will lead a group of institutions formed to help bolster the security of National Science Foundation research. A $5 million grant to IU and others will fund creation of the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

The university says the funding will designate the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure, led by IU, as a cybersecurity center of excellence. The center is a three-year collaboration among IU, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which will address cybersecurity challenges of NSF science.

"Cybersecurity is no longer solely a technical matter -- it's a critical part of any organization’s risk management," said Von Welch, director of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. "Addressing the risks to computational science requires a comprehensive understanding of research and the threats it faces. Many of these threats are those faced by any other organization on the Internet, but others are unique to the science community with its collaborative nature and use of high-end information technology and cyberinfrastructure."

The CTSC will collaborate with NSF-funded research organizations to address their cybersecurity challenges. It will provide cybersecurity services specifically tailored to the NSF science community, including leadership and coordination across organizations and education and training.

The CTSC will also work with the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Science Network to develop a threat profile for open science.

"Every day the news continues to document why truly excellent research in highly applied cybersecurity is a national priority," said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and interim dean of the IU School of Informatics and Computing. "This award adds to the many national distinctions that CACR has achieved in its 13 years as part of IU’s formidable cybersecurity capabilities in education, research and operations."

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