Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and the U.S. Army Reserve Information Operations Command (ARIOC) have launched a new partnership that will give the Army Reserve access to world-class resources developed by the SEI to provide protection and defense of critical infrastructures.
The partnership, funded by $1.5 million secured by U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), was announced at an April 17 news conference at the SEI.
At the press gathering President Jared Cohon emphasized that Carnegie Mellon is the nation's leader in information security and information technology, with world-class programs spanning education, research and security reporting. He added that the university is committed to helping the city and region cement its reputation as the worldwide headquarters for cybersecurity research.
The ARIOC brings together Army Reservists with high tech skills developed in their civilian occupations to support the Army and the rest of the Department of Defense (DoD) in the critical areas of information assurance. The new partnership will enhance these skills by training reservists to act as teams, conduct information assurance operations and respond to threats.
"Senator Santorum is a leader in the U.S. Senate in the high technology arena, and he has routinely supported the work of Carnegie Mellon and the SEI in the critical domain of information-assurance technologies," said Stephen E. Cross, CEO and director of the SEI. "This joint partnership will enhance the ARIOC's ability to support the Army and the rest of the DoD in the areas of information-assurance training, operations and threat assessment and response."