University center to research ways to protect electronic systems from sabotage

Led by the University of Cincinnati, the new center will work with government and industry to conduct research on how to defend electronics and embedded systems from sabotage, hacking, and spying.

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We face a variety of technological threats and hazards as individuals, as members of organizations, and as citizens of a country. But one particularly alarming threat is the ability of hackers to infiltrate and sabotage the underlying hardware embedded into the electronic systems that we use as a society. Projects have been launched worldwide to study how to best thwart attempts to undermine such technology. Now, the University of Cincinnati is teaming up with various partners to investigate new ways to defend embedded systems from outside attack.

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As described in a news item from the University of Cincinnati, the goal of the new research center sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to help companies, consumers, and the military protect their electronic devices from hacking or tampering. The NSF will fund the center with a starting grant of $4.5 million, which will go toward UC and the other participating universities: The University of Virginia, the University of Connecticut, Northeastern University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of California, Davis.

To conduct the research, the center with work with the NSF, the U.S. Department of Defense, and such companies as Verizon, Edaptive Computing, Booz Allen Hamilton, and engineering firm Wyle. So far, the center has attracted the interest of 70 different organizations, 26 of which have already signed up and will contribute…