Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security is joining the national Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Purdue will join 24 universities in a $110 million effort to improve cybersecurity and energy efficiency for the U.S. manufacturing industry.
Purdue says the University of Texas at San Antonio will lead the project, which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The universities will work to develop tools, technologies and guidance for securing manufacturing, supply chains, factory automation and information, and for manufacturing workforce development.
“The Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute will speed the adoption of next-generation technologies because there will be fewer concerns about security threats,” said Purdue Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships Theresa Mayer. “This will give the United States a competitive advantage and also provide support for national security.”
As manufacturers increasingly turn to emerging technologies, Mayer says new cybersecurity vulnerabilities can be introduced. Purdue says its participation will be led by Dongyan Xu, director of CERIAS. Xu says the national consortium will provide manufacturers with new information and technologies and will also address the need for education, training and workforce development.