MIT announces 3 new cybersecurity initiatives

New research programs - including cybersecurity@CSAIL - are aimed at tackling technical, regulatory and business challenges.
New research programs - including cybersecurity@CSAIL - are aimed at tackling technical, regulatory and business challenges.
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MIT Launches Three Institute-Wide Cybersecurity Efforts
New research programs to tackle technical, regulatory and business challenges.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Thursday, March 12, MIT launched three new research endeavors aimed at addressing the technical, regulatory and business challenges of cybersecurity. Reporters are invited to attend the launch event, “Cybersecurity at MIT,” which will feature talks by and interview opportunities with key MIT cybersecurity experts.

Recognizing the importance of a more integrated approach to combatting data breaches and security failures, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the MIT Sloan School of Management are spearheading three new interdisciplinary research efforts to tackle the growing problem of how to safeguard digital data.

The three efforts are:

    ▪    Cybersecurity@CSAIL, a new CSAIL initiative led by Dr. Howard Shrobe, associate director of CSAIL, that will bring together experts in software, hardware, cryptography and other fields to address the technical challenges associated with preventing, working through and recovering from web-based attacks.

    ▪    The MIT Cybersecurity and Internet Policy Research Initiative, an interdisciplinary program funded by a $15 million grant from the Hewlett Foundation and led by Daniel Weitzner (former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House), that will draw researchers from across MIT to create the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy.

    ▪    The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, (IC)3, a new consortium based at the MIT Sloan School of Management and led by Professor Stuart Madnick, which will address the need to improve the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure through a focus on the strategic, managerial and operational issues related to cybersecurity. 

WHO:
    ▪    L. Rafael Reif, MIT President
    ▪    Maria T. Zuber, MIT Vice President for Research
    ▪    Daniela Rus, Director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
    ▪    S.P. Kothari, Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management
    ▪    Stuart Madnick, Director of (IC)3  
    ▪    Howard Shrobe, Director of CyberSecurity@CSAIL and Associate Director of CSAIL
    ▪    Daniel Weitzner, Director of the MIT Cybersecurity Policy Initiative and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House