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UConn, Comcast Launch Center for Security Innovation

April 10, 2014 By: Colin Poitras

UConn, home to the nation’s foremost center on hardware security, and Comcast today announced the establishment of a new Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) on the University’s main campus in Storrs.

The center unites the expertise of researchers within UConn’s existing Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering (CHASE) and Comcast’s leadership in Internet systems security to develop robust detection systems and analytical tools to ensure that the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems are shielded from malicious attacks, unauthorized access, and faulty or counterfeit products.

“This new Center of Excellence for Security Innovation further establishes UConn as a national leader in hardware security analysis and technology,” says Kazem Kazerounian, dean of UConn’s School of Engineering. “It is yet another example of how academic-industry partnerships can advance science, improve people’s lives, and create a new generation of highly-skilled workers prepared to resolve the technological challenges facing our nation and world today.”

“UConn’s leadership in hardware assurance research is well established and we envision the Center of Excellence will be supported by significant, multi-year funding for research initiatives, joint innovation, and the development of the next generation of technologists,” says John Schanz, executive vice president and chief network officer of Comcast. “While many of those research projects will be sponsored by Comcast, we also anticipate research funding and support from the federal government and other industry partners.”

Officials announced the new Center of Excellence in Security Innovation, to be located in the Information Technologies Engineering building, during a break in a two-day national conference at UConn on secure/trustworthy systems and supply chain assurance sponsored by CHASE. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen was among those attending the announcement.

“The Internet has transformed our lives and the way we do business,” Jepsen said. “At the same time, we’re experiencing widespread and more frequent cyber attacks and data breaches that have resulted in the loss of sensitive personal information or put it at risk.”

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