The University of California San Diego has received $1.4 million in funds from the Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate to create a tool that will support cybersecurity researchers to monitor internet cyber attack vulnerabilities.
DHS said Tuesday UC San Diego’s center for applied internet data analysis will work to build up both scale and functions of the Archipelago secure platform to help observe and evaluate inter-domain route hijacking and other secure-related occurrences.
The project aims to provide a systematic and continuous knowledge-base in support of the large-scale active measurement studies of the internet.
Douglas Maughan, DHS S&T cybersecurity director, said the initiative is designed to explore new areas of the domain in an effort to discover new approaches for how to measure and analyze internet cyber infrastructures and vulnerabilities.
The award was made under S&T’s cybersecurity division’s Internet Measurement and Attack Modeling program that seeks to create new developments for resilient systems, modeling of internet attacks and network mapping and measurement through collaborations with researchers in academia and the cybersecurity community.
Ann Cox, S&T IMAM program manager, said the project will help provide internet measurement and infrastructure vulnerability identification functions.
“Examples include assessment of vulnerabilities in Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), a widely used protocol on the internet and identification of multiple IP addresses that belong to the same router, known as alias resolution,” she added.