Cyber Security

NSF announces Frontier grants to support collaborative cybersecurity

Cyber SecurityThe National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program announced two new grant awards to support collaborative projects that address challenges in cybersecurity.

The “Frontier” awards, which are part of a $74.5 million investment to support cybersecurity research and education, will go towards the creation of the Center for Encrypted Functionalities and Modular Approach to Cloud Security.

“NSF’s investments are advancing knowledge to protect cyber-systems from malicious behavior, while preserving privacy and promoting usability,” Farnam Jahanian, the head of NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), said. “The cybersecurity research and education efforts we support enable our nation to continue as a world leader in innovating secure technologies and solutions. These new Frontier awards will enable novel approaches to cybersecurity, with potential benefits to all sectors of our economy.”

The Center for Encrypted Functionalities—a project that will be led by Amit Sahai, a professor of computer science at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)—will use new encryption methods to render a computer program invisible to the observer while preserving its functionality. The project is collaborative effort between UCLA, Stanford University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Austin.

The second project, the Modular Approach to Cloud Security, involves the development and testing of a modular approach to cybersecurity that is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the system as a whole. The project will be led by a team made up of researchers from Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University.

Since 2008, the NSF has invested more than $300 million in education and workforce development, theory and tools to secure national cyberspace.

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