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Science Europe to issue Research Infrastructures Survey Report ...

MEP Awards 2016 to announce shortlisted nominees for ICT Policy ...

CEA - French Alternative Energies And Atomic Energy Commission - implements Seagate ClusterStor high performance storage ...

Allinea Forge helps reservoir simulation software push the boundaries ...

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$5-million collaborative grant establishes NSF-funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence ...

Hardware

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Fujitsu and NIMS develop world's largest-scale magnetic-reversal simulator ...

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DDN storage enables National Center for Atmospheric Research to move beyond studying weather phenomena to advancing predictions with Big Data simulations ...

Deep Learning, ocean modelling, and HPCG come to ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge ...

Gigabyte launches its line of server boards based on the Intel Xeon D-1500 product family ...

Gigabyte launches new feature-packed power supplies ...

Cray announces selected preliminary 2015 financial results and reaffirms 2016 guidance ...

Applications

Major step toward confirming the existence of the Majorana particle, a peculiar fermion equivalent to Its own antiparticle, in materials ...

New modelling method measures cosmological distances with far greater accuracy ...

The Cloud

Research & Markets to issue report on Cloud High Performance Computing with forecast to 2020 ...

Development of an evaluation platform capable of validating wide-area distribution systems ...

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$5-million collaborative grant establishes NSF-funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

15 Jan 2016 Pittsburgh - The security of the more than $7 billion in research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be significantly bolstered, thanks to a $5-million grant awarded to Indiana University (IU), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a collaborative effort to create the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

This funding will establish the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC), a three-year-old collaboration between the aforementioned institutions, as the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, an entity focused on addressing cybersecurity challenges of NSF scientific research.

Ensuring scientific computing remains trustworthy and uncorrupted is essential in protecting the nation's science. In its role as a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, the CTSC will provide readily available cybersecurity services tailored to the NSF science community. These resources will include leadership and coordination across organizations, and education and training to expand the pool of available cybersecurity expertise.

"NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure presents unique challenges for operational security personnel and impacts other important areas of research affecting society, including ocean sciences, natural hazards, engineering, biology and physics", stated Anita Nikolich, cybersecurity programme director within NSF's advanced cyberinfrastructure division. "Organisations that host cyberinfrastructure must find the right balance of security, privacy and usability while maintaining an environment in which data are openly shared. Many research organisations lack expertise in technical and policy security, and could benefit from an independent, shared security resource pool."

The CTSC will collaborate directly with NSF-funded research organisations to address their cybersecurity challenges and provide forums for cybersecurity collaboration across organisations. For example, Jim Basney of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications will lead CTSC support activities on the topic of identity and access management for research organisations.

"Cybersecurity is no longer solely a technical matter - it's a critical part of any organisation's risk management", stated Von Welch, director of Indiana University's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) and CTSC principal investigator. "Addressing the cybersecurity risks to science requires a comprehensive understanding of research and the threats it faces. Many of these threats are those faced by other organisations on the Internet, but others are unique to the science community with its collaborative nature and use of high-end information technology and cyberinfrastructure."

The CTSC will also convene an annual NSF Cybersecurity Summit, led by PSC Chief Information Security Officer James A. Marsteller, to share experiences, provide training and discuss cybersecurity challenges.

"Organized with significant input from the NSF community, the annual Summit provides a key opportunity to share experiences, lessons learned and advances with other NSF projects", James A. Marsteller stated. "The forum provides an opportunity to discuss serious issues around implementing cybersecurity not only of a technical nature, but also cultural, managerial and budgetary and the like."

An example of a safeguard the CTSC will promote is software assurance, as experienced, respected names in that field, such as Barton Miller, professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will offer their expertise to reduce the risks of vulnerabilities and breaches for researchers.

"Every day the news continues to document why truly excellent research in highly applied cybersecurity is a national priority", stated Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and interim dean of the IU School of Informatics and Computing. "This award adds to the many national distinctions that CACR has achieved in its 13 years as part of IU's formidable cybersecurity capabilities in education, research and operations."

Additionally, the CTSC will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Science Network (ESnet) to develop a threat profile for open science.

"The Department of Energy and NSF enable scientific discovery in a range of domains critical to our nation's future", stated Greg Bell, director for ESnet and division director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Working together to understand cybersecurity threat models shared by these collaborations is an important step forward for the two agencies, and ESnet is delighted to be collaborating on this effort."
Source: Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

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Primeur weekly 2016-01-18

Focus on Europe

Science Europe to issue Research Infrastructures Survey Report ...

MEP Awards 2016 to announce shortlisted nominees for ICT Policy ...

CEA - French Alternative Energies And Atomic Energy Commission - implements Seagate ClusterStor high performance storage ...

Allinea Forge helps reservoir simulation software push the boundaries ...

Middleware

$5-million collaborative grant establishes NSF-funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research launches 8th Site HPC Budget Allocation Map ...

Fujitsu and NIMS develop world's largest-scale magnetic-reversal simulator ...

NCAR announces powerful new supercomputer for scientific discovery ...

DDN continues reign as HPC storage market leader with widening lead as top supplier ...

DDN storage enables National Center for Atmospheric Research to move beyond studying weather phenomena to advancing predictions with Big Data simulations ...

Deep Learning, ocean modelling, and HPCG come to ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge ...

Gigabyte launches its line of server boards based on the Intel Xeon D-1500 product family ...

Gigabyte launches new feature-packed power supplies ...

Cray announces selected preliminary 2015 financial results and reaffirms 2016 guidance ...

Applications

Major step toward confirming the existence of the Majorana particle, a peculiar fermion equivalent to Its own antiparticle, in materials ...

New modelling method measures cosmological distances with far greater accuracy ...

The Cloud

Research & Markets to issue report on Cloud High Performance Computing with forecast to 2020 ...

Development of an evaluation platform capable of validating wide-area distribution systems ...

Seagate unveils 10TB helium enterprise drive to address storage demands of Cloud-based data centres ...

CSC embraces IBM Cloud to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption ...