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IU Receives $5 Million For Cybersecurity

The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research will use existing infrastructure, like IU's supercomputer, as well as technical experts to secure national research.

The National Science Foundation awarded Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research a $5 million grant. IU’s experts will monitor the security and integrity of international scientific research.

IU’s existing infrastructure and information technology experts will provide security and computational analysis for some of the National Science Foundation’s $7 billion of research. Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Von Welch said besides safeguarding research data from online attacks and file corruptions, the grant will ensure that the particular needs of research projects is addressed.

“When you’re talking about a telescope on top of a volcano, or you’re talking about the world’s largest gravity wave detector, or the computational infrastructure that’s needed to detect the Higgs boson in the United States, these are unique pieces of IT infrastructure and you can’t just go down and find a scientific cyber-infrastructure book for dummies to do cybersecurity on that,” Welch said.

The Center is a collaboration between IU, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing center and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

CACR is affiliated with the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute, which received a $6.6 million grant from the NSF in November, 2014.

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