NSF announces awards to advance cybersecurity efforts

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August 2, 2022 – Cybersecurity is critical to protecting infrastructure, keeping supply chains moving, and ensuring privacy in cloud computing and healthcare. Adapting to ever-changing threats requires cutting-edge research and transformative solutions.

The US National Science Foundation is pleased to announce an investment of $25.4 million to advance ambitious research and center-scale projects in the area of ​​cybersecurity and privacy.

“The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program is one of NSF’s largest research programs, recognizing the importance of cybersecurity and privacy to the national economy and to citizens,” said NSF Director , Sethuraman Panchanathan. “These investments support cybersecurity research across the country that can translate into solutions that improve our quality of life.

NSF grantees will work to strengthen open source supply chain security, increase computing privacy for marginalized populations, and ensure reliable cloud computing. In addition to scientific research, these efforts will support the NSF Computing and Information Science and Engineering Branch’s Broadening Computing Participation Initiative, which aims to attract more people from underrepresented groups in the computational research community.

“Now celebrating its 10th year, Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace continues to support a wide range of research topics, with approximately 200 research grants this year and over 3,800 lifetime grants,” said Jeremy Epstein, Secure and Trustworthy Program Manager. Cyberspace. . “These projects demonstrate the breadth of topics of importance in cybersecurity and privacy and NSF’s commitment to advancing research on topics of national importance.”

Projects include:

Establishment of a secure and trustworthy software supply chain

Led by North Carolina State University, this collaborative research will focus on open source supply chain security. All modern software includes open source software and there is a high risk of malicious and criminal manipulation. Researchers in this project will work with industry and government agencies to develop scientific principles, create tools and processes, and develop measures for supply chain security to reduce risk with software used by consumers, government, industry and academia. The project will help the software industry by creating a diverse workforce of technical leaders and practitioners who are educated and trained in secure software supply chain methods. Other team members include Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University and University of Maryland College Park.

Securing the Future of Computing for Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations

Led by the University of Florida, this project will address privacy and safety issues for marginalized and vulnerable populations. These populations have unique security and privacy needs, concerns, and capacities that are not being met, putting them at risk of harm. Researchers will develop solutions that support these populations. This project will bring together computer scientists and social scientists from the University of Florida, the University of Washington and Indiana University.

Distributed Confidential Computing Center

Led by Indiana University, this project will use the “trusted execution environment” hardware capability of modern chips to run secure computations in a way that cannot be compromised by malware on distributed computing systems such as cloud computing environments. Researchers will strive to provide solutions for the data used, such as training machine learning models on private data, on cloud and edge systems. Indiana University will be joined by Purdue University, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon University, Ohio State University, Spelman College, Duke University and the University of Yale.

Learn more about the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program and visit nsf.gov.


Source: NSF

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