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Nsf Awards $74.5 Million to Support Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Research

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The U.S. National Science Foundation invests in research to enhance security practices and technologies, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice.

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The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $74.5 million in research grants through its Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. The aim is to fund projects to strengthen security practices and technologies, as well as bolster education and training in cybersecurity.

The SaTC program supports research on vulnerabilities in hardware, software, and networking technologies, as well as research exploring the human components of cybersecurity. Overall, the SaTC investments include a portfolio of 257 new projects to researchers in 37 states.

The projects support early-career investigators, early-concept grants, multi-institutional, and broad-scope research. For example, a grant was awarded to a project called "The Science and Applications of Crypto-Currency." Another award recipient is a project called "Internet-Wide Vulnerability Measurement, Assessment and Notification." Projects supporting the creation of new training and education programs include cybersecurity training for workers in hospitals, virtual environments in which students can experiment with and learn about cybersecurity practices, and competitions and challenges to enhance and broaden cybersecurity education.

"Cybersecurity is a rapidly expanding field, and the educational programs NSF supports will help develop the computer scientists, engineers, and creators of tomorrow's solutions," says NSF's Joan Ferrini-Mundy. "At a time when an educated, experienced workforce is among the most precious resources in the world of cybersecurity, NSF facilitates programs that will generate the architects of a more secure Internet."

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