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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Announces $2 Million Cybersecurity Grant for UW-Madison

Aug 15, 2013
Press Release

MADISON, WI—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today congratulated the University of Wisconsin-Madison on receiving a nearly $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop new cybersecurity solutions to ensure the protection of the nation’s vast digital infrastructure. UW-Madison will collaborate with research teams at four other universities through this five-year award, which is entitled “Rethinking Security in the Era of Cloud Computing.”

“As more and more of our personal, economic and national security information is stored online, the continued development of innovative cybersecurity measures is vital to our national interests,” said Pocan. “I am thrilled that UW-Madison, one of the premiere research universities in the nation, will help lead the efforts to protect our critical digital infrastructure systems, and I congratulate their talented team of researchers. As a member of the Budget Committee, I will continue to support research and development efforts that ensure our nation is prepared to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.”  

This research team will leverage the common software, hardware and management basis of cloud computing with the broad view of activity across a diversity of user services. This project will develop novel and improved solutions for unified authentication and authorization and auditing across diverse services; effective monitoring and diagnosis for security management of services, networks, datacenters and users; and pervasive encryption to, from and within the cloud. The investigators will convene "Cloud Security Horizons" summits with industry stakeholders to help shape the future of security in cloud computing.

This new project is one of more than 110 new cybersecurity research projects collectively pursuing technical solutions to improve the security of computer systems used in businesses, universities, governments and homes around the nation. NSF supports work to reduce the likelihood of cyber attacks; mitigate the negative effects that arise from them; and develop curriculum to train new members of the nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

 

 

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