MIT joins Northrop Grumman’s new cybersecurity research consortium

Will address nation’s most pressing cyber threats


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Northrop Grumman Corporation has invited three of
the nation’s leading cybersecurity research institutions, the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon and Purdue
University to join a newly formed Cybersecurity Research Consortium to
advance research in this field and develop solutions to counter the
complex cyber threats facing our economy, freedom of information, and
national security. 

The announcement was made today in a
National Press Club briefing where representatives discussed how this
consortium — unique in composition, approach and mission — will
accelerate the pace of taking novel ideas to real-world application and
thus address our nation’s most pressing cyber threats.

The
Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium (NGCRC) members
maintain laboratories and centers recognized worldwide for their
research in this area. They include MIT’s Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab, and
Purdue’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and
Security (CERIAS). 

The universities were chosen for their
long-term, leading-edge research in cybersecurity and their national
standing in this arena. When paired with Northrop Grumman’s deep domain
knowledge and understanding of the global threat, this
industry-academic enterprise will find solutions to the cyber threats
facing our critical systems whose demise would threaten national
security. 

“The MIT CSAIL team approaches the cyber security
problem from multiple perspectives — how to design software systems
from the ground up to be secure and dependable, how to provide a
security audit trail that captures every system event that is related
to information security, and how to design new hardware architecture so
that it can protect software,” said Victor Zue, director of MIT CSAIL.

“We
have been working in the cybersecurity domain for more than 20 years,
and I have never seen the threats so intense” said Robert Brammer,
chief technology officer, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. “To
help mitigate these threats, we must bring together industry and our
academic institutions. By combining the creative intellectual freedoms
of academia with the full spectrum capabilities within Northrop
Grumman, we can accelerate the pace of taking novel ideas to
significant application. We have an obligation to our clients and our
nation to invest in new technologies to get ahead of the cybersecurity
threat. This consortium will serve to organize some important US
organizations to help increase our nation’s security in cyberspace.”

The
consortium will take on some of the world’s leading cyber problems
including attribution in cyberspace, supply chain risk, and securing
critical infrastructure networks. The NGCRC will initially sponsor ten
projects and provide graduate student fellowships while continuing to
expand the portfolio of research to cover the many different aspects of
cybersecurity.  Members of the NGCRC will coordinate research projects,
share information and best practices, develop curricula, author joint
case studies and other publications, and provide a greater number of
learning opportunities and applications for students and the defense
community overall.  


Topics: Collaboration, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Industry, Web development, Web security

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