Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Two Recent News Items Underscore CyLab's Vital Role In Contributing to the Future of Cyber Security and Privacy.

Two recent news items underscore CyLab's vital role in contributing to the future of cyber security and privacy.

CyLab Researchers Work To Make Commercial Technologies Secure for Defense Department 

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University CyLab and the University of Pennsylvania have received a four-year, $3.9 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to improve the security of commercial technologies used by the military.

“We are studying how to improve the security for commercial-off-the-shelf  (COTS) technology that remains vulnerable to attack from latent vulnerabilities or hidden malicious codes,” said CyLab researcher David Brumley, the Gerard G. Elia Career Development Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Brumley is widely regarded for his cutting-edge contributions to addressing the challenges associated with malware.

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CyLab Joins Army Research Lab Funded Cyber Security Alliance 

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have joined with the Army Research Laboratory and academic partners in a new collaborative research alliance to develop a new science of how to make security-relevant decisions in cyberspace.

The five-year funding for the core and enhanced program is $23.2 million, with an additional $25 million for the optional five-year extension -- a potential total of $48.2 million over the 10-year collaboration ...

The alliance will focus on: detecting adversaries and attacks in the cyberspace; measuring and managing risk; and altering the environment to achieve best results at the least cost. A fourth area, developing models of human behaviors and capabilities that enable understanding and predicting motivations and actions of users, defenders and attackers, will be integrated into the first three areas.
Cranor, director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, said the CMU researchers will work in all of the areas, but will focus especially on psychosocial activities.

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