These resources will include leadership and coordination across organizations, and education and training to expand the pool of available cybersecurity expertise.
"NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure presents unique challenges for operational security personnel and impacts other important areas of research affecting society, including ocean sciences, natural hazards, engineering, biology and physics," said Anita Nikolich, cybersecurity program director at the NSF's advanced cyberinfrastructure division. "Organizations that host cyberinfrastructure must find the right balance of security, privacy and usability while maintaining an environment in which data are openly shared. Many research organizations lack expertise in technical and policy security and could benefit from an independent, shared security resource pool."
The CTSC will collaborate directly with NSF-funded research organizations to address their cybersecurity challenges and provide forums for cybersecurity collaboration across organizations. For example, Jim Basney of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications will lead CTSC support activities on the topic of identity and access management for research organizations. The CTSC will also convene an annual NSF Cybersecurity Summit, led by James A. Marsteller, security officer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, to share experiences, provide training and discuss cybersecurity challenges.
"Cybersecurity is no longer solely a technical matter -- it's a critical part of any organization’s risk management," said Von Welch, director of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. "Addressing the risks to computational science requires a comprehensive understanding of research and the threats it faces. Many of these threats are those faced by any other organization on the Internet, but others are unique to the science community with its collaborative nature and use of high-end information technology and cyberinfrastructure."
An example of a safeguard the CTSC will promote is software assurance, with experienced, respected names in that field such as Barton Miller, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offering expertise to reduce the risks of vulnerabilities and breaches for researchers.
Additionally, the CTSC will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Science Network, or ESnet, to develop a threat profile for open science.
"The Department of Energy and NSF enable scientific discovery in a range of domains critical to our nation's future," said Greg Bell, director for ESnet and division director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Working together to understand cybersecurity threat models shared by these collaborations is an important step forward for the two agencies, and ESnet is delighted to be collaborating on this effort."
- IU leads $5 million collaborative grant for NSF-funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (IU release) (Inside IU)
- UW-Madison part of $5 million grant to safeguard NSF research (UW-Madison release)
- $5-million Collaborative Grant Establishes NSF-funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (PSC release)
- $5M Collaborative Grant Establishes NSF-Funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (http://myinforms.com/)
- IU to Lead $5M Cybersecurity Center (insideindianabusiness.com)
- Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure to provide Cybersecurity Services Tailored to NSF Community (Scientific Computing)
- Indiana University gets $5M to lead cybersecurity center (Lexington Herald Leader)
- Indiana University gets $5M to lead cybersecurity center (Herald Times)
- Indiana University To Lead Cybersecurity Collaboration (WFYI)
- Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center part of group receiving $5M National Science Foundation grant (Pittsburgh Business Times)
- IU Receives $5 Million For Cybersecurity (Indiana Public Media)
- NSF on Twitter
- IU nets $5M grant for NSF cybersecurity initiative (ecampusnews.com)
- NCSA CyberSecurity Team Awarded NSF Grants (HPCWire)
- UW Included In Cybersecurity Grant To Protect Scientific Data (Wisconsin Public Radio)
- NSF Awards $5M to Establish Cyber Center; Anita Nikolich Comments (executivegov.com)
- NSF Gives $5 Million Boost to Cybersecurity Research (sourceforge.net)