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Maurer School of Law professor named interim director of $2 million cybersecurity initiative


April 24, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. — A professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law has been named interim director of a $2 million initiative to stimulate collaboration in higher education cybersecurity efforts and to provide leadership on strategic cybersecurity issues nationally and globally.

Fred H. Cate, distinguished professor, C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, and director of the Center of Applied Cybersecurity Research at IU, will serve as interim director of the initiative. The new collaboration will focus on cybersecurity operations and research, complementing the longstanding efforts of EDUCAUSE and the Higher Education Information Security Council. It will devote particular attention to security aspects of high performance computing and networking, notably software-defined networks and cloud services delivered over such networks. This will help support community researchers focused on these areas in relation to the Internet2 network and associated operational experience.

Speaking at the Internet2 Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, Indiana University Vice President and CIO Brad Wheeler and Internet2 President and CEO David Lambert invited the presidents and CIOs of other colleges and universities to join as investors and sponsors of this initiative. They noted that the higher education sector is unique in having significant cyber activities in research, education and operations. This initiative is intended to stimulate more interaction among these activities to further higher education contributions to national efforts.

"Higher education has a significant responsibility in the fight to secure our nation's cyber infrastructure," said Wheeler. "Universities are intensive users and producers of data, and play a leading role as innovators in the development and deployment of IT. Over the past decade, our historically open networks have been victims of numerous cyber attacks, and universities are targets as staging grounds for cyber attacks. In aggregate, the higher education community possesses the expertise necessary not only to develop technological responses to cyber attacks, but also to innovate ways to make those responses effective, appropriate and practical."

The new collaboration will immediately launch a national search for an executive director with significant operational experience in cybersecurity in the higher education community.