The Air Force Institute of Technology received renewed funding for critical infrastructure (CI) research to provide greater depth in understanding malicious software development and operations, in general, and specifically, as it relates to deployment on critical infrastructure systems.
The $225,000 funding from The Department of Homeland Security - Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) is to support the latest advances in technology in critical infrastructure research conducted by the Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR). CCR currently has twelve graduate students’ research topics such as emulators for critical infrastructure components, firmware validation, vulnerability of CI communication protocols, and identification of devices exposed to attack.
The Department of Homeland Security - ICS-CERT works to reduce risks within and across all critical infrastructure sectors by partnering with law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community and coordinating efforts among Federal, state, local, and tribal governments and control systems owners, operators, and vendors. Additionally, ICS-CERT collaborates with international and private sector Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to share control systems-related security incidents and mitigation measures.
CCR, as part of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at AFIT, is tasked with graduate education and research in security, network analysis and performance. CCR has been designated as the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence, an NSA/DHS Research Center of Excellence, and a National Science Foundation CyberCorps center. CCR supports cutting-edge graduate research through partnerships with a myriad of agencies.
The mission of AFIT is to advance air, space, and cyberspace power for our armed forces, the Nation, and its partners by providing relevant defense-focused technical graduate and continuing education, research, and consultation. AFIT accomplishes this mission through three resident schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the School of Systems and Logistics, and The Civil Engineer School. AFIT also manages all Air Force health, line, legal, and chaplain graduate education at civilian institutions.