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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Doing Business As Name:University of Tennessee Chattanooga
PD/PI:
  • Anthony Skjellum
  • (205) 807-4968
  • tony-skjellum@utc.edu
Award Date:12/01/2017
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 53,037
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 60,949
  • FY 2016=$52,949
  • FY 2017=$8,000
Start Date:10/01/2017
End Date:09/30/2018
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Collaborative Research: CICI: Regional: SouthEast SciEntific Cybersecurity for University Research (SouthEast SECURE)
Federal Award ID Number:1812404
DUNS ID:003501095
Parent DUNS ID:003387891
Program:Cyber Secur - Cyberinfrastruc
Program Officer:
  • Anita Nikolich
  • (703) 292-4551
  • anikolic@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:615 McCallie Avenue
City:Chattanooga
State:TN
ZIP:37403-2504
County:Chattanooga
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:03

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Street:615 McCallie Ave.
City:Chattanooga
State:TN
ZIP:37403-2504
County:Chattanooga
Country:US
Cong. District:03

Abstract at Time of Award

Threats to scientific instruments and data that are accessible via the Internet are ubiquitous. The SouthEast SciEntific Cybersecurity for University REsearch (SECURE) project helps protect the National Science Foundation's investments in scientific research while providing scientists with tools to safeguard intellectual property and ensure data integrity. The project team provides education, training, and selected cybersecurity services to NSF-funded researchers across the Southeast. The team is multidisciplinary, comprised of cybersecurity experts (both research and practitioner), scientists, and experts in communication. Team members are located in South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi, with strong representation from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). This program raises investigators' awareness of their essential role in creating a secure and trustworthy cyberspace and offers concrete assistance in risk assessment, vulnerability testing, and mitigation tailored to NSF-funded scientists' workflow and program size. Through past collaborations, the team is well positioned to leverage both national and regional cybersecurity organizations and programs to effectively reach the target audience. SouthEast SECURE impacts the region by raising cybersecurity awareness; providing concise training, assessment, tools and one-on-one help; and assisting in preparation of select cybersecurity metrics. Student interns are conducting many of these activities by means of practicum-based deployment and support, thus developing capabilities in the next generation of cyber professionals. An online survey of NSF-funded investigators in the region will be conducted to learn about their primary cybersecurity challenges and concerns. Training is then tailored to provide concrete and practical assistance in how to do right-sized risk assessment and mitigation. A "toolkit" is provided to test and validate local cybersecurity, and measures of cybersecurity are created and field-tested. The team's approach facilitates communication between research faculty and university IT/Data Security staff. A long-term goal is building communities with common interests in cybersecurity and a commitment to helping others; and building connections with other regions and with national centers and programs.

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