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Ravi Sandhu
Ravi Sandhu

Institute for Cyber Security awarded $1 million

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 6, 2008)--The UTSA Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) was selected to participate in a five-year $7.5 million Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Department of Defense.

Ravi Sandhu and Shouhuai Xu will lead the UTSA team of investigators in the project. Sandhu is executive director of ICS, Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security and professor of computer science. Xu serves as an assistant professor of computer science.

In partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Purdue University; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Dallas, UTSA's ICS research role will be to develop and test security models to safeguard the transfer of data among government agencies.

"In this post-9/11 era, we need to move from the doctrine of a need-to-know policy of information gathering to a more proactive one of need-to-share, where people are readily seeking and receiving information," said Sandhu. "One of the problems identified in the 9/11 Commisssion Report was the inability of people to connect the dots in part due to the lack of information sharing."

The UTSA Institute for Cyber Security was created in June 2007 with a $3.5 million grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. The award was the first proposal submitted by ICS and will bring $1 million directly to UTSA. The ICS mission is to produce world-class cyber security research and to catalyze the commercialization of leading-edge security and privacy innovations.

As a nationally recognized leader in cyber security education and research, ICS is one of several components in San Antonio's effort to attract the Air Force Cyber Command Center, which could add 500 permanent jobs to the local economy.

MURI grants support multi-disciplinary basic research in areas of DoD relevance from many traditional science and engineering disciplines. For research areas suited to multi-disciplinary approaches, bringing together scientists and engineers with different disciplinary backgrounds can accelerate basic research progress and the transition of research results to application.

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