By Samantha Koon
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Superstorm Sandy was epic by many measures, but one of the biggest take-aways may be that it revealed significant weaknesses in American critical infrastructure planning. According to one leading expert, Sandy forced us to confront the reality that our society runs on a web of services which depend on each other for normal operation. What happens to public transportation if communication technology fails? How is healthcare impacted during a crisis if the energy sector sustains a significant or prolonged failure? These questions speak to the compounding effect of cascading failures caused by an infrastructure underpinned by a network of complex connections.
Researchers at the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, have developed a new software tool that will provide an assessment of a company’s cyber security risk based on the company’s IT infrastructure. The new tool can be applied to many fields, particularly the ballooning $2.75 billion cyberinsurance market, which currently lacks a technological approach to analyzing the cyber risks of potential policy holders and pricing policies accordingly.
by Samantha Koon
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — By 2020, the number of 4G LTE connections is expected to reach 2.8 billion, thanks to higher communications capabilities and a growing appetite for online services and resources.
Researchers at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) introduced Gov. Terry McAuliffe to a brand-new simulation tool for assessing the vulnerabilities of companies to cyber-attacks. He was impressed. Read more…
by Samantha Koon
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Tasked with six major operational missions, the U.S. Coast Guard plays an essential role in American homeland security. The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) at the University of Illinois is honored to announce a newly formed working relationship with the Coast Guard to explore innovative methods and technologies related to one of those missions—increasing port security.
by Samantha Koon
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce a slate of newly funded projects that aim to create more secure and resilient critical infrastructure. The 13 projects were selected from a pool of 86 applications submitted in response to CIRI’s call for proposals.
CIRI is one of 10 Centers of Excellence established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of University Programs. Led by Director and Principal Investigator David Nicol, the goal of the institute is to develop a nuanced understanding of the interdependencies of our nation’s organizational, policy, business, and technical resources. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the CIRI research program aims to suggest pathways toward developing healthier, more robust human and technical systems that can better withstand and more efficiently recover from cyber-attacks and failures.
American tech innovation owes much to the talent of immigrants and their children, according to John Villasenor, a CIRI-affiliated researcher from UCLA. Take a very timely look at the impact of the global talent market on innovation and economic growth in the U.S. Read more…
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST – Close your eyes and try to envision the biggest threat to America’s cybersecurity — something that could knock out power to a city in a blink. Read more…..
FROM MARKETWIRED – SUNNYVALE, CA – (Jan 11, 2017) – According to research by RedSeal, CEOs are not proportionately concerned about the fact that information security loss is accelerating faster than the ability to contain the threat.
RedSeal polled 200 CEOs about their confidence in their companies’ cybersecurity posture and discovered they are dangerously unrealistic about how vulnerable they are. In fact, more than 80 percent display “cyber naiveté,” allowing their global organizations to be exposed to massive cyberattacks. RedSeal advocates awareness of these threats and implementation of resilience-based counter measures… Read more.
FROM THREATPOST – The Department of Homeland Security has designated the U.S. voting infrastructure, including voting machines and registration databases, as critical infrastructure. Read more.