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NSA Opening Cyber Research Labs at Univ. of Maryland, 3 Other Universities

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The National Security Agency is investing nearly $8.2 million in cybersecurity research initiatives at four universities in the form of test laboratories, FCW reported Wednesday.

Mark Rockwell writes that NSA has awarded science-of-security grants to the University of Maryland, North Carolina State University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois.

Each grant is worth between $1 million and $2.5 million for the first year of research, according to the report.

NSA intends for the small labs to conduct research in areas including:

  • scalability and composability
  • secure collaboration
  • security metrics
  • resilient architectures
  • human behavior analyses

Laurie Williams, a co-principal investigator at the North Carolina State University’s lab, told FCW the NC State’s researchers will work to develop trusted systems using computer science, mathematics, behavioral science, economics and physics.

Rockwell writes the government plans to exercise two one-year options after the first year of contract at a particular lab.

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