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Contact:
Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
September 21, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Creates New Cybersecurity Center With Funding from the National Science Foundation

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University researchers received a $6.4 million grant over the next five years to create a new center to build better computer security defenses.

In the same way that ecology studies the web of life, Carnegie Mellon faculty Mike Reiter, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Bruce Maggs, a professor of Computer Science, Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute, Chenxi Wang, a research scientist in Electrical and Computer Engineering. and Jeannette Wing, professor of Computer Science, will lead a team of researchers working to understand and model the complex interactions among humans, computers and attacks.

The new center, Security Through Interaction Modeling (STIM), will explore ways to improve computer defenses by incorporating such models into the defenses themselves. The new center will be housed in CyLab, a university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative to advance research and education in trustworthy computing.

Carnegie Mellon's STIM center was one of two university research entities nationwide awarded five-year grants from the National Science Foundation to focus on eliminating plagues of Internet viruses and building better, more secure and accountable computer systems for the future. The other center is located at the University of California, San Diego.

Both centers also will initiate and participate in education and workforce development, and coordinate with ongoing outreach activities on campus. The centers' results will be incorporated into undergraduate and graduate courses, K-12 and college-level curricula and training programs for high school students and faculty at traditionally minority-serving institutions.

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