The Texas A&M University College of Engineering and Bush School of Government and Public Service have a long history of engaging in research and educational undertakings that contribute to national and economic security. The collaborative effort to host this summit was intended to make further contributions to this end. [Read more…] about Cybersecurity Summit Addresses Challenges in the Energy and Manufacturing Sectors
The Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure Summit had a successful inaugural event last week on the Texas A&M University campus. The summit brought together experts from government, private industry and academia to debate and share ideas about protecting the United States from growing cybersecurity threats around the world. [Read more…] about Experts Gather at Texas A&M to Discuss Growing Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure
Attendees represented a broad swath of government, industry, and venture capitalists.
One thing we can all agree on is social media has drastically altered the way we interact with each other and the world around us. This societal shift has brought to light the need for awareness of the risks that surround it. As quickly as the landscape of social interaction changes, new threats emerge. [Read more…] about Cybersecurity Faculty Works to Build a Threat Awareness Application to Protect Devise Users
Dozens of cybersecurity experts gathered to discuss an increasingly difficult question: What do you do when someone is trying to break into your house — from 6,000 miles away?
The Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure Summit began Wednesday in College Station, the inaugural event in an annual series sponsored by the Bradley Foundation. The three-day conference primarily sought to address the ever-evolving threats to the physical pathways that allow the digital world to communicate. [Read more…] about Summit Tackles Cybersecurity Challenges
A range of topics — including the seriousness of potential cyber threats, who poses the greatest danger and what steps could be taken to put the U.S. in a better position to ward off attacks — were discussed Thursday as part of a cybersecurity summit at Texas A&M. [Read more…] about Cyber Experts Debate Security Priorities at Texas A&M Summit
A leader in cybersecurity told those gathered for the opening of a three-day summit Wednesday that while there are a number of security problems that remain unaddressed, he ultimately is positive about the future of U.S. cybersecurity efforts. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Speaker: Cybersecurity Issues Serious but Solvable
Dr. Jyh-Charn Liu, professor and director of the Real Time Distributed Systems Lab, is currently working on developing algorithms to detect incorrect signals of the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Not only recognizing them, but finding a way to combat these errors due to spoofing or natural interference is a central focus in the efforts he and his collaborators are pursuing. To achieve cohesiveness in GNSS signals, Liu and his team are working to create an experimental environment which supports the development of computing algorithms that are able to detect spoofing that occurs in the real world. In turn, this will allow for more reliable information to be provided by location-based applications, such as Google Maps on smartphones, that we use daily.
The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center recently received a $200K grant from the NSA for their Cyber P3i program, focused on cybersecurity workforce development among Army Reservists. Scholarships are for the current 2016-2017 academic year. Eligible recipients will be pursuing cybersecurity studies. [Read more…] about NSA Grants Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center Scholarships
Dr. Guofei Gu, associate professor and director of the Secure Communication and Computer Systems (SUCCESS) lab at Texas A&M, has developed techniques to automatically uncover unknown vulnerabilities in existing software so that defenders can detect the problems ahead of cyber attackers. This technique has identified more than two dozen serious vulnerabilities in widely used software from vendors such as Google, Adobe and Microsoft.
“Most current cybersecurity solutions are passive and reactive, focusing on known attacks,” Gu said. “The situation is becoming worse because the economic engine of profit-driven cyberattacks is quickly transforming the threat and defense landscape to favor more on attackers, as they enjoy many fundamental advantages over defenders.”
To combat this issue, Gu and his team developed PeerPress, a prototype system with new analysis techniques that automatically extract intrinsic and harmful behaviors from malware, and then use them for active, robust and scalable malware detection.
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Smart Grid Center has received a new grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) that will further the center’s mission to strengthen and protect the nation’s power grid. The grant is one of 12 given to projects across the United States as part of $34 million in federal funding through the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program. The goal is to develop the next generation of cybersecurity solutions, and enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure.
The $4.4 million project is “Timing Intrusion Management Ensuring Resiliency (TIMER),” and the research group, led by Smart Grid Center Director Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, will address vulnerability concerns in the synchrophasor systems of the electrical grid.
The technology management program in the College of Education and Human Development has received another boost from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Texas A&M was recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) for Cyber Defense both in education and research. [Read more…] about Texas A&M University Recognized as Leader in Cyber-Defense
The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center has become the latest of the university system’s programs to receive national attention, earning a dual designation as a National Center for Academic Excellence from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in education and research. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center Receives Recognition from NSA, Homeland Security
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recently designated Texas A&M University as a National Center of Academic Excellence, both in education and in research. This well-regarded designation places Texas A&M amid a select group of only 30 universities who have earned both distinctions. [Read more…] about Texas A&M named National Center for Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense
The NSA Codebreaker challenge gave students around the country a chance to put their coding skills to use in a difficult context with a variety of interesting applications. Daniel Ragsdale, a professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center, said the event provides student with universal cybersecurity skills. [Read more…] about Aggies Perform Highly in NSA Codebreaker Challenge
With more devices connected to the internet, homes have become smarter. It’s possible for a refrigerator to send shopping reminders, and to control the lights or thermostat while away from home. But as the things around us become smarter, there is a growing need to ensure that they also become safer. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center Tackles Security Challenges in a Rapidly Changing World
As a result of recent support from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, cybersecurity initiatives at Texas A&M University has been greatly accelerated. The initial focus of the Bradley funded effort is to address the cybersecurity of critical infrastructures. While cybersecurity threats appear to be ever-increasing in almost every area, the increased exposure and vulnerability of our nation’s critical infrastructures to cyber-attacks is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges facing our nation today.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University recently launched a new student organization, specifically geared toward students who have an interest in the vital field of cybersecurity.
Dr. Daniel Ragsdale ’80, has joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering’s faculty at Texas A&M University as a professor of practice. He comes to the department from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he has served as program manager since 2011. During his time at DARPA, he managed a $175 million research and development portfolio of classified and unclassified programs that addressed a diverse array of topics including cybersecurity, psychology, education, and training. In recognition of his DARPA service, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the highest decoration for non-career federal employees. [Read more…] about Ragsdale Joins Computer Science and Engineering as Professor of Practice
Texas A&M took second place in the Sixth National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) in San Antonio in April 2011.
Texas A&M secured its place in the national contest after winning the Southwestern Regional CCDC in March. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Engineering Students take Second in National Cybersecurity Contest