UC Berkeley to lead cybersecurity research center

The National Science Foundation plans to establish a collaborative cybersecurity research center led by the University of California, Berkeley.

The new Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) is slated to received about $19 million in funding over five years.

TRUST plans to develop technologies that help software vendors and others to design, build and operate secure systems that control critical infrastructure. It also will look at how to keep networks running despite intrusions.

Joining UC Berkeley in the project are Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Mills College, San Jose State University, Smith College, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. Affiliates in the initiative include Cisco Systems, Intel, and Microsoft.

TRUST also includes an education and outreach component that will aim to lay the groundwork for training new scientists and engineers.

The project, one of two new Science and Technology Centers NSF plans to establish this year, still is subject to final negotiations between NSF and the lead institutions.

NSF is an independent federal agency that supports science research and education.

Earlier this month UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau had promised tighter data security after the theft of a laptop containing personal information of thousands of graduate students, alumni, and applicants. (See SC Magazine report here).

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