IST professor receives stiumulus funds for cyber security research

Peng Liu, associate professor of information sciences and technology, was one of three researchers to receive more than $1 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help safeguard business applications and infrastructure from cyber threats.

The award, titled “Collaborative Research: Towards Self-Protecting Data Centers: a Systematic Approach,” is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Congress earlier this year). It was given to Liu, Sushil Jajodia of George Mason University and Meng Yu of Western Illinois University. The award totals over $1 million for three years; Penn State’s portion of that is $500,000.

The research team aims to improve security consolidation in order to meet the top two requirements for modern data centers, specifically business continuity and information security. They will take a systematic approach that leverages the emerging virtual machine technologies to consolidate four areas of systems security research: redundancy, microscopic intrusion analysis and detection, automatic response and diversity-driven protection.

“We’re very grateful to have this opportunity to address the important security consolidation problem faced by today’s data centers,” said Liu.

Broader impacts for this research include a significant advancement in reducing risk among business applications and information systems, increasing business continuity and delivering data assurance in the presence of sever cyber attacks.

“This grant will enable us to take a big stride forward towards building self-protecting and trustworthy information systems and data sets,” he said. “This project will ‘stand on the shoulders’ of our recent research achievements in trusted recovery, self-healing information systems and intrusion-tolerant computing.”

Earlier this summer, Liu and his team received a $6.25 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award for his project, “Computer-Aided Human Centric Cyber Situation Awareness.”

Liu will lead this project; the team plans to use this grant to further their previous research on cyber-awareness and how it can be used to improve cyber defense.

Last Updated September 01, 2009