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Grand Challenge 10: Secure Cyberspace

Personal privacy and national security depend on protecting the information-sharing electronic web known as cyberspace.


Securing Cyberspace with Cryptography

Securing cyberspace means protecting the flow of electronic information that is now embedded in nearly every aspect of modern life, from banking and national security to utilities and communications. Faculty, students and researchers from the Jacobs School, the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Calit2 are addressing a wide range of cybersecurity priorities. Computer science professor Mihir Bellare, for example, is one of the inventors of a cryptographic algorithm for message authentication that the United States Commerce Department recently made a standard for data communications security. Bellare's research group at the Jacobs School works on the theoretical foundations of cryptography, the development and analysis of cryptographic protocols and algorithms, and applied cryptography, systems security, and network security. Meanwhile, Jacobs School computer scientists affiliated with the Collaborative Center for Internet Epidemiology are investigating network security, Internet monitoring, biometrics and other areas.

Jacobs School computer scientists analyzed spam campaigns conducted by the well-known Storm botnet. Their experimental setup is illustrated below.
Jacobs School computer scientists analyzed spam campaigns conducted by the well-known Storm botnet. Their experimental setup is illustrated below.