UM and MIT Lincoln Lab Partner on Cybersecurity

The University of Maryland (UMD) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory have announced a new strategic relationship in cybersecurity. MIT Lincoln Laboratory's three-year partnership agreement with UMD's Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2, or MC-squared) will focus on collaborative research, student engagement and the development of innovative security technologies.

"We are very pleased to establish this new strategic relationship with MIT Lincoln Laboratory," said Darryll Pines, dean of UMD's Clark School of Engineering, and an M.S. and Ph.D. alumnus of MIT. "The Maryland Cybersecurity Center is ready to lead the way in cybersecurity education, research and technology innovation in the federal region, and our partnership with MIT Lincoln Laboratory will help drive this initiative to greater heights."

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Department of Defense federally funded research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. Research and development activities at MIT Lincoln Laboratory focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration. These efforts are aligned within key mission areas, which include communication systems and cybersecurity and homeland protection, both critical areas pertaining to MC-squared activities at UMD. This year, MIT Lincoln Laboratory is celebrating its 60th anniversary of service to the nation.

Since its launch in October 2010, the Maryland Cybersecurity Center has established new alliances and partnerships between academia, government and industry to develop educational programs for the future cybersecurity workforce, and new, innovative technologies to defend against cybersecurity attacks. MC-squared offers an interdisciplinary approach to cybersecurity education, research and technology development, stressing "more-than-tech" solutions and bringing together experts from engineering and computer science with colleagues from across campus in fields such as economics, social sciences and public policy. In all, approximately 60 UMD faculty researchers, including several from the Clark School, are applying their expertise in a variety of critical areas related to cybersecurity, including information assurance, wireless and network security, cryptography, software security, and threat analysis and quantification – all areas of mutual interest for MIT Lincoln Laboratory and UMD.

Funding from MIT Lincoln Laboratory will support a variety of cybersecurity-related initiatives at MC-squared, including research, educational programs, student activities and competitions, and special events.

”MIT Lincoln Laboratory is looking forward to this opportunity to engage with University of Maryland students who are interested in pursuing careers in advancing the state of the art in cybersecurity,” said Dave Gentes, recruiting manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.



Published August 31, 2011