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[] 10.10.02 DOD grant funds cyberterror research,

 DOD grant funds cyberterror research
 BY Dan Caterinicchia
 Oct. 10, 2002

 The Defense Department recently awarded Carnegie Mellon University a
five-year, $35.5 million grant
 to develop technologies and policies focused on combating

 Pradeep Khosla, head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering and
 director of the Center for Computer and Communications Security, said
the research will focus on four
 key areas:

 * The availability and security of the nation's information

 * The availability and security of the communications infrastructure,
including optical and wireless

 * Secure access to devices and physical spaces using biometric tools.

 * The integration of policies and technologies, particularly privacy
and confidentiality issues.

 "We're going forward on all four at different levels of investment,"
Khosla said. "The one we're ramping
 up is the multimodal biometric authentication."

 Because no single method is accurate enough, he said, research is being
conducted on the use of fingerprints, thumbprints, facial- and
 retinal- recognition technology, and voice scans to confirm the
identity of individuals attempting to access computers or physical

 "None by themselves offer high enough [levels of authentication], but
by combining them all together, we can get really great
 accuracy," Khosla said, adding that the combined biometrics approach
eventually could be used to allow only approved pilots access
 to the cockpits of aircraft.

 Even before receiving the new financial backing, the Center for
Computer and Communications Security, which is a multidisciplinary
 research program and collaborative effort between Carnegie Mellon's
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the
 CERT Coordination Center, was recruiting students to work on the
cyberterrorism projects. Ten researchers already are involved and
 another 10 are expected to join as the projects ramp up, Khosla said.

 The DOD grant was awarded Sept. 1, and the first-year funding is $3.6
million, he said.

Olivier Minkwitz___________________________________________
Dipl. Pol.
HSFK Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
PRIF Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Leimenrode 29 60322 Frankfurt a/M Germany
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