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Northrop, colleges form cybersecurity group
Published: 2009-12-02

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman and three universities announced on Tuesday that they would form a research consortium to find and develop solutions to current cybersecurity challenges.

The alliance, dubbed the Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium (NGCRC), brings together the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, and Purdue University's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). The group intends to focus on difficult cybersecurity problems, such as the attribution of cyber attacks, securing critical infrastructure and identifying risks in the supply chain, the group said in a statement.

"We have an obligation to our clients and our nation to invest in new technologies to get ahead of the cybersecurity threat," Robert Brammer, chief technology officer for Northrop Grumman, said in a statement. "This consortium will server to organize some important U.S. organizations to help increase our nation's security in cyberspace."

The United States has made cybersecurity a national policy priority this year, albeit one that has seen little action since May when the Obama administration announced an initiative to secure the nation's cyberspace. In June, the Pentagon signed off on the creation of a U.S. Cyber Command that will be led by the director of the National Security Agency. The United States has not developed a straightforward doctrine for the use of force in cyberspace nor defined what actions would constitute cyberwarfare.

MIT, Purdue and Carnegie Mellon's research groups total some 220 faculty and principal investigators and nearly 700 graduate students.

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Posted by: Robert Lemos
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