Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Put a 100,000 Social Securty Numbers On a Laptop,
Lose It,
Get $19,000,000 and Lead the Cybersecurity Project!

Ironically, news of the Berkeley cybersecurity research project comes just weeks after the school warned more than 98,000 people that their personal information may have been exposed following the theft of a laptop computer from its graduate school admissions office.
“The University of California, Berkeley, will lead a $19 million government-funded project to research how to best protect the nation's computing infrastructure.

The announcement, made by the National Science Foundation late Monday, makes U.C. Berkeley one of two U.S. schools receiving funds this year to establish a Science and Technology Center.

The NSF research efforts, which are aimed at promoting interdisciplinary studies in science, will also expand to the University of Kansas this year. The Kansas Science and Technology Center will tackle issues related to polar ice sheets.

According to the NSF, the cybersecurity project at Berkeley will investigate issues of "computer trustworthiness in an era of increasing attacks at all levels on computer systems and information-based technologies." The project will receive the $19 million in funding over five years, as will the Kansas study.

Ironically, news of the Berkeley cybersecurity research project comes just weeks after the school warned more than 98,000 people that their personal information may have been exposed following the theft of a laptop computer from its graduate school admissions office.

A number of other schools will join the Berkeley effort, forming a group that the research project has dubbed the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST). Among the institutions joining the effort are Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Mills College, San Jose State University, Smith College, Stanford University and Vanderbilt University. On a U.C. Berkeley Web site, TRUST said it will perform research in the areas of security science, systems science and social science.

A collection of corporations will also help promote the research, including BellSouth, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Sun Microsystems and Symantec.…

http://tech.nytimes.com/cnet/CNET_2100-7349_3-5666782.html
con·cept: Put a 100,000 Social Securty Numbers On a Laptop, Lose It, Get $19,000,000 and Lead the Cybersecurity Project!