Technology designed to better lock down network security in hospitals, laboratories and universities has helped Indiana University researchers land a nearly $500,000 grant. The support from the National Science Foundation will contribute to the development of a "mini-science DMZ" working prototype.
The school says the tool could potentially be used to improve security in everything from individual medical records to big data applications. IU Enterprise Network Architect and Technical Adviser Steven Wallace says the prototype will be based on open-source software, "so if we do a good job, anybody can take what we did and apply it, and in fact, they can resell it. There’s no restriction on what they can do with it, so they can sell it as is or change it and sell it. This is a contribution, potentially, to commercial companies or other academic institutions."
The technology will address what the university characterizes as vulnerability of valuable scientific and clinical instruments connected to the Internet.
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