MIT has launched a 200-person cyber security research initiative that will tackle tech security problems both big and small.
With three parts to the initiative, the first is Cybersecurity@CSAIL which will build technical tools by engineering more secure hardware, or developing cryptographic protocols that are easy to use but also secure.
The second, MIT’s Cybersecurity and Internet Policy Initiative, will corral policy analysts, economists and computer scientists to inform researchers about pressing problems, and teach lawmakers how to become better versed in more technological matters.
Finally, the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, or IC3, will find ways to make large corporations more secure, by better training employees, for example, or adopting better habits to secure data in-house.
The 200-person team will include both researchers and students. Daniel Weitzner, a CSAIL professor who also spent time as the deputy chief technology officer for Internet policy in the White House, will lead the policy program.