Scientific research often falls outside the protection of campus IT departments, making them particularly vulnerable to cyber attack. ITSC researchers are working to identify the unique cyber security needs of scientists and develop tools and training programs to keep them safe from cutting-edge cyber threats. SoutheastSECURE is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (award ACI 1642069) and performed in conjunction with Clemson University, Auburn University, Jackson State University, and Voorhees College.

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Institutions in the southeast receiving new NSF awards in FY14. A total of 579 institutions received funding that year; of these, 47 were HBCUs, 5 were Minority Serving Institutions, and 8 were Hispanic minority serving institutions.

University scientists are often at the forefront of technology, using new tools and new techniques to advance their research. Unfortunately cyber security is sometimes sacrificed in the march towards scientific progress. The SoutheastSECURE program is designed to increase cyber security awareness and defense among NSF-funded researchers. SoutheastSECURE is meeting this goal through the use of:

  • Outreach -- We seek out NSF-funded researchers and engage with them to find possible vulnerabilities.
  • Awareness -- We produce cyber security awareness materials stressing the importance of cyber protection for NSF-funded scientists.
  • Training -- We offer face-to-face cyber security training for NSF-funded scientists.
  • Cyber tool kits -- SoutheastSECURE will produce a cyber-security toolkit that will enable NSF-funded researchers to analyze their environments and remove vulnerabilities on their own.
NSF funded projects at Southeast SECURE schools, by directorate, for FY14
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