University plans infosec institute
- By Eric Kulisch
- Dec 10, 2000
Government officials working to protect information systems will be able
to seek guidance and skilled graduates from a new research center at Johns
The university's Information Security Institute (www.jhuisi.jhu.edu)
plans to hold its first information security seminars in the spring and
expand its existing courses and programs by September 2001, university
Researchers will study problems such as systems attacks by hackers and
computer criminals, security of electronic transactions and patient privacy
in telemedicine and medical databases.
Nearly every school of the Baltimore-based university will contribute
experts to study the techno-logical, legal, ethical and public-policy challenges
associated with information security.
"The underlying concept is that in the [information technology] security
field, many of the interesting problem areas have this hybrid nature to
them so that they are best approached by teams of people with different
backgrounds," said Gerald Masson, chairman of the university's computer
Plans for the institute recently had a major boost when an anonymous
donor pledged $10 million, Masson said.
Masson said he envisions the institute's basic and applied research
spurring the regional economy, making the Washington, D.C., Maryland and
Northern Virginia corridor a Silicon Valley of sorts for information security.
Building on work at its Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., and
elsewhere, the university will form partnerships with businesses and other
universities in the area, Masson said.