The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE), a $2.5 million supplemental grant to extend the CCoE through 2019 and expand its activities.
The Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC) launched in 2016 as a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence with a $5M NSF grant, now known as Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. The Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research is the lead organization for the NSF CCoE in collaboration with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Oklahoma State and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are joining the collaboration to support the CCoE’s expanded activities, which will be to assist in transitioning cybersecurity research into practice in order to better secure the NSF community, creating a Cybersecurity Fellows program to broaden the impact of the CCoE, and the creation of an Open Science Cybersecurity Framework.
“NSF science and engineering increasingly rely on cyberinfrastructure, which, like all computing, is under attack,” said Von Welch, who serves as director and principal investigator of Trusted CI. “Trusted CI has been leading the NSF community in building a set of technical, policy, and cultural best practices necessary to ensure the security of that infrastructure and ensure the trustworthy nature of the science it produces. We’re very pleased to play an expanded role with our new collaborators in this very important work of protecting NSF-funded research and we thank the NSF for their support.”
Trusted CI works with the open science community through direct engagements to tackle individual projects, cybersecurity-related challenges, the sharing of effective practices through monthly webinars and publications, and the annual NSF Cybersecurity Summit, bringing together over one hundred members of the community to share experiences and form key relationships.
A recently announced $4.9 million award from the NSF will fund a new center focused on protecting and securing U.S. research. The Research Security Operations Center, or ResearchSOC, complements the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, augmenting its assessment and leadership with operational cybersecurity services. Von Welch is also the principal investigator on the ResearchSOC award.
ResearchSOC is a virtual center led by IU and distributed across IU, Duke University, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and University of California San Diego. ResearchSOC builds on the Indiana University-led OmniSOC and will help provide the research and education community with the cybersecurity services, training, and information sharing necessary to make scientific computing resilient to cyberattacks.
“The ResearchSOC provides critical operational cybersecurity services, tailored for the research community’s unique infrastructure and collaborative workflows,” said Welch. “The ResearchSOC’s services will be a strong complement to Trusted CI’s community leadership and guidance.”