The Mitre-operated National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center and the University System of Maryland have awarded $293,00 in total seed grants to five U.S. academic researchers to examine cybersecurity challenges.
The grantees are George Karabatis and Adam Porter of the University of Maryland, Jim Jones of George Mason University, Ravi Sandhu of the University of Texas and Jeff Walker of the University of Alabama, Mitre said Thursday.
“These grants were awarded to the most compelling of 37 proposals from the NCF Academic Affiliates Council,” said Mark Maybury, Mitre vice president and NCF chief security officer and director.
Maybury added he believes the researchers’ efforts will help facilitate development of security tools for the financial services, healthcare, retail and utility sectors.
Funds to support the studies come from the nonprofit’s independent research program.
Each grantee represents a university member at the NCF Academic Affiliates Council, a USM-formed network of cybersecurity professionals from U.S. academic institutions.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology established NCF to help identify and address cybersecurity issues that affect U.S. businesses and Mitre runs the facility for the agency.