By Brian Winkler, Daily Wildcat, August 30, 2017 Last week, the University of Arizona was named a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. This designation was awarded to Eller’s School of Business’ Management Information Systems department and is following the UA’s newly created
The University of Arizona has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security through 2022.
This honor is reserved for universities, such as the University of Arizona, that feature academic research grounded in technology, computer science, computer engineering and related fields. The certification designates the University of Arizona’s cyber defense research efforts as fulfilling the needs of the public and private sectors as well as contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.
Manufacturers of software for smartphones, laptops and security cameras, as well as banks, retailers and government agencies, release upgrades frequently to try to protect customers and assets from malware. Yet the millions of people with implanted medical devices typically never receive software upgrades to address security vulnerabilities for the gadgets in their bodies.
MIS Professor Dr. Hsinchun Chen says the theft of architectural plans isn’t just the stuff of fiction and, in fact, “probably the most obvious case for why countries hack each other is intellectual property, or IP. Deliberately stealing information about your drawings or your engineering designs or your scientific instruments, that’s all intellectual property.”
Cybersecurity researchers in the UA College of Engineering are developing ways to make the airwaves more secure and protect wireless customers from eavesdropping.