National science cyber security getting a boost at UW

Cyber security is of paramount importance in practically every industry, but especially so in science research.

To that end, the National Science Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to UW-Madison and three other entities to address cyber security challenges facing the NSF.

The Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC) will be charged with providing readily-available cyber security services specific to NSF research.

UW-Madison will share the grant with Indiana University, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

Barton Miller, a computer sciences professor at UW-Madison, said CTSC will be able to reduce the risk of vulnerabilities and breaches for researchers.

“We’ve become a state, national and international resource in security education, training and best practices,” Miller said. “We actively collaborate with companies, government agencies and labs, and other universities on critical issues in security.”

A balance between security and privacy in an environment where data is openly shared is a goal of CTSC.

“Ensuring scientific computing remains trustworthy and uncorrupted is essential in protecting the nation’s research,” NSF said in the release from the university.

CTSC also will work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network to develop threat profiles.