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Collaborative Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses

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Collaborative Proposal Cybertrust: Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses  (International Computer Science Institute)

Collaborative Research: Cybertrust Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses  (University of California-San Diego)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits


The Collaborative Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses (CCIED) is an NSF-supported joint effort between researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and the International Computer Science Institute’s Center for Internet Research to address critical challenges posed by large-scale Internet-based pathogens, such as worms and viruses, CCIED efforts focus on analyzing the behavior and limitations of Internet pathogens, developing early-warning and forensic capabilities, and developing technologies that can automatically defend against new outbreaks in real-time.  One of the important tools used is the University of California, San Diego’s network telescope that looks at the literal dark side of the Internet—Internet traffic destined for an unoccupied section of the Internet, with legal addresses but no active computers.


Education & Outreach


The CCIED program officers created a full-day tutorial on “Understanding and Addressing the Threat of Internet Worms”.  The tutorial provides a detailed technical overview of the state of the art in large-scale Internet threats and defenses.  They also founded the ACM Workshop on Rapid Malcode (WORM) as a forum to bring together ideas, understanding, and experiences bearing on the worm problem from a wide range of communities, including academia, industry and the government.  The goal of WORM was to be a true workshop to foster the development of preliminary work and helping nucleate a worm-research community.


Additional workshop and course information and materials are available on the CCIED Web Site.


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