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New cybersecurity initiatives launched

MIT launched three cybersecurity initiatives at the Cybersecurity at MIT event last Thursday.

Cybersecurity@CSAIL is a development initiative meant to streamline security rather than respond to cyber-attacks individually. The MIT Cybersecurity and Internet Policy Research Initiative (CIPI) aims to improve regulations and policy surrounding cyber security.

The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity ((IC)3), headquartered in the MIT Sloan School of Management, focuses on making it easier to manage and operate security systems, according to the program’s literature.

The launch event included remarks from President L. Rafael Reif, Vice President for Research Maria Zuber, and several CSAIL and Sloan professors.

Reif discussed MIT’s long history with cutting-edge cybersecurity research, noting that developers at MIT had been securing computer systems before the public realized it was necessary. “There aren’t many challenges bigger than cybersecurity,” said CSAIL director Daniela L. Rus.

The hour of talks were followed by a gallery of posters presenting research from Cybersecurity@CSAIL, (IC)3, Lincoln Laboratory, and the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center.

MIT Professional Education advertised an online course called “Cybersecurity: Technology, Application, and Policy” that covers technology and challenges in the field alongside the new initiatives.

The launch event was held at 9 a.m. in and outside the Kirsch Auditorium (32-123). The online class will be held in Fall 2015, Winter 2016, and Spring 2016.

—Sanjana Srivastava