AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin Center for Information Assurance and Security (CIAS) has announced a joint project with the U.S. Navy to help improve protection of Navy defense data systems.
The CIAS is the recipient of Navy funding for the research and development of information assurance solutions under the direction of Dr. Fred R. Chang, director of the CIAS and computer sciences research professor at the university. The CIAS was founded at the university as a multi-disciplinary research center charged with developing innovative answers to the nation’s growing cybersecurity problems.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Navy to help them address the increasingly complex cybersecurity requirements needed aboard submarines in the future,” Chang said.
The project includes a combination of research and advanced development on high-performance, information assurance solutions for use on Navy submarines. Solutions will be designed and proof-of-concept prototypes will be developed and rigorously tested.
“In the modern naval battlespace, information assurance is of paramount importance,” said Rear Admiral John D. Butler, who serves as the Navy’s top undersea acquisition officer as the Program Executive Officer, Submarines. “I have every confidence that CIAS, working as the Navy’s key information assurance research and development arm, will provide the solutions needed in today’s and tomorrow’s submarine force.”
“This partnership between the Navy and the university has great potential for addressing data security issues of today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of the university.