The International Computer Science Institute has received $664,378 in funds from the Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate to develop privacy intrusion detection technology for use on mobile devices.
DHS said Wednesday the Berkeley, California-based research organization secured the award through a broad agency announcement of DHS S&T’s cybersecurity division.
The award is part of the S&T’s directorate’s data privacy program that aims to develop cost-effective privacy protection technologies that can aid organizations, DHS added.
“The protection of personally identifiable information is paramount to ensuring our personal and financial well-being, especially given the widespread adoption of smart phones and tablet computers,” said Reginald Brothers, DHS undersecretary for science and technology.
He added S&T will work with ICSI to create technology that will work to protect private information on mobile devices from adversaries that seek to compromise personal and financial identities.
The technology will also be designed to alert users on privacy risks and determine whether user activity and application requests can reveal sensitive data, DHS noted.