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NSF Funds Indiana University Cybersecurity Research

The National Science Foundation is expanding its partnership with Indiana University's Trusted CI to translate cybersecurity research into practice.

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Indiana University's Trusted CI center was started as a National Science Foundation Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE) in 2016. Now, the program is getting a $2.5 million grant to expand its activities into 2019 and 2020.

The funding will position Trusted CI to assist in transitioning cybersecurity research into practice for the NSF community, creating a Cybersecurity Fellows program to broaden the impact of the CCoE and the creation of an Open Science Cybersecurity Framework.

The Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research is the lead organization for the NSF CCoE and it was founded in collaboration with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Oklahoma State and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are joining the NSF CCoE to support Trusted CI's expanded research activities.

"Trusted CI has been leading the NSF community in building a set of technical, policy and cultural best practices necessary to ensure the security of that infrastructure and ensure the trustworthy nature of the science it produces," said Von Welch, director and principal investigator at Trusted CI. "We're very pleased to play an expanded role with our new collaborators in this very important work of protecting NSF-funded research and we thank the NSF for their support."

The Open Science Cybersecurity Framework is a project to help maintain and establish an open science cybersecurity program at any project scale and stage in a project's lifecycle. The framework is built on four pillars: mission alignment, governance, resources and controls. The first version of the framework is expected to be included in NSF's March 2019 version of the Large Facilities Manual to guide infrastructure projects that receive NSF funding.

At Indiana University, NSF is also investing in a new virtual Research Security Operations Center with a $4.9 million NSF grant. The ResearchSOC is distributed across cybersecurity entities from Indiana University, Duke University, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the University of California San Diego. It will help provide the research and educational community with cybersecurity services, training and information sharing in order to make scientific computing resilient to cyberattacks.

More information about Trusted CI can be found here.

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