NSF awards Cyber Trust grants worth $36 million

Two academic research centers will receive grants of $7.5 million each from the National Science Foundation to study how to make electronic voting machines more trustworthy and to protect electric power grids from cyberattacks and accidental failures.

The five-year grants are among the largest that NSF officials will make under the Cyber Trust program, which will award grants totaling $36 million in 2005. Carl Landwehr, the program’s coordinator, described untrustworthy voting machines and vulnerable power grids as urgent national problems.

Johns Hopkins University, under lead researcher Avi Rubin, will receive $7.5 million for research on tamper-resistant hardware, verification systems and other means to safeguard voting. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under researcher Bill Sanders, will receive the same amount to create technologies for conveying critical information to power grid operators. That research could be adapted for use in protecting other critical control systems, NSF officials said.

The foundation also announced that it will make 34 smaller awards under the 2005 Cyber Trust program for research to develop automated defenses against malicious code attacks and for work on authenticating digital media and extracting information from large databases without compromising individuals’ privacy.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.