MIS Awarded $5.4M in Cybersercurity Big Data Grants

September 12, 2013

The MIS department at the University of Arizona is proud to announce  two major cybersecurity grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of  $5.4M. Both grants, are based on Security Big Data Analytics, and help address the significant cybersecurity research and education challenges facing the U.S. and internationally. (Read the UANews press release here.)

Hsinchun Chen, Regents’ Professor and Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology in the top-ranked Department of MIS at Eller, is  principle investigator (PI) on both projects.

AZSecure: $4,227,306    has been awarded  from the National Science Foundation to create a new cybersecurity scholarship program at the University of Arizona titled: “Cybersecurity Scholarship-for-Service at The University of Arizona” (AZSecure). Initial funding is for $2,405,882 for 2013-2015, with additional funding earmarked for 2016 and 2017 (NSF DUE #1303362). Co-PIs are Dr. Salim Hariri (ECE); Dr. Mark Patton (MIS), and Dr. Paulo Goes (MIS).

The program intends to help address the great need for security training in the U.S. by increasing interest in and technological competence for government service and by helping to broaden representation in science and technology. The curriculum includes dedicated coursework and significant research experience in the areas of security and risk management, operations security, information security risk management, and security management practices.

Selected students accepted into the program will, in addition to their coursework and research, complete a summer internship and also work in  a government agency following graduation for a period of time equal to their scholarship enrollment. [Link to NSF abstract] [Visit AZSecure here]

HackwerWeb: $1,190,722 has been awarded  from the National Science Foundation for “Securing Cyber Space: Understanding the Cyber Attackers   and Attacks via Social Media Analytics” (Hacker Web) (NSF SES #1314631). Co-PIs are Dr. Salim Hariri (UA; ECE); Dr. Ronald Breiger (UA; Sociology); and Dr. Tom Holt (MSU; Criminology).

The HackerWeb project aims to investigate important questions regarding hacker behavior, markets, and community structure, among other things. The resulting integrated computational framework and associated algorithms and software will also allow social science researchers and security practitioners to closely examine how cyber attacker groups form, develop, and spread their ideas. [Link to NSF abstract]