Indiana University is collaborating with four other schools to work with the Army on a program to detect and stop cyber attacks. Of the $23 million going into the project, IU’s share is a little more than $2.5 million.
The aim of the project is to create a system than can detect cyber attacks, learn about the motivations behind them and develop a response that can counter the attack and neutralize the cyber attackers in real time.
Three IU professors are involved in the project.
School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor Diane Henshel is a co-investigator. She says during World War II, information carried by telegraph got interrupted. She says the same thing is happening today with computer networks.
“If the information is in some way corrupted, interrupted changed in the middle, then it no longer is valuable, and the fact can totally disrupt,”Henshel said.
Psychological and Brain Sciences Professor Bennett Bertenthal is the other investigator on the project. He says psychology plays an important role when learning about cyber attacks.
“There are human dimensions to cyber security,” he said. “Because we need to first of all know how humans can make mistakes and allow computers to become vulnerable and provide access to unauthorized individuals.”
Berthenthal says people constantly receive alerts about potential security risks on their computers, but most of the time they ignore the messages. One of the goals of the project is to develop a system where networks can respond to potential threats without humans having to get involved.