NSF Awards $5M to Establish Cyber Center; Anita Nikolich Comments

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cybersecurityThe National Science Foundation has awarded $5 million in grants to Indiana University, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish a cybersecurity center of excellence.

The institutions will launch the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure through the funding after three years of collaboration to develop the center, the PSC said Friday.

“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 within 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,” added Nikolich.

CTSC will work to help expand cybersecurity skills through education and training in coordination with NSF-funded research organizations.

The center will facilitate support activities centered around identity and access management, led by Jim Basney of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and host an annual NSF cybersecurity summit, led by PSC Chief Information Security Officer James Marsteller.

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