The University of Texas at San Antonio's Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) has been selected to participate in a five-year, $7.5 million Department of Defense Multi University Research Initiative (MURI) grant. Leading the UTSA team of investigators is Ravi Sandhu and Shouhuai Xu. Sandhu holds multiple positions as executive director of ICS, Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security, and as a professor in the UTSA Department of Computer Science. Xu serves as an assistant professor of computer science in the UTSA Department of Computer Science.
In partnership with The University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, and The University of Texas at Dallas, UTSA's Institute for Cyber Security Research role will be to develop and test security models to safeguard the transfer of data among government agencies.
The UTSA Institute for Cyber Security was created in June 2007 with a $3.5 million grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. This award was the first proposal submitted by the ICS and will bring $1 million directly to UTSA. The ICS mission is to produce world-class cybersecurity research and to catalyze the commercialization of leading edge security and privacy innovations.
MURI grants support multidisciplinary basic research in areas of DoD relevance that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline. For research areas suited to a multidisciplinary approaches, bringing together scientists and engineers with different disciplinary backgrounds can accelerate both basic research progress and transition of research results to application.