The security of military data and information on commercial computer networks could be safer because of a new education and research center planned by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the U.S. Space Command.
It is called the Network Information and Space Security Center. Projects will initially focus on technological and management issues of computer networks used by the military for national security. It will then expand its mission to include commercial computer networks to ensure security for e-commerce systems and space-based system architectures.
“This center will build on university expertise in the areas of computer science, electrical engineering, information systems, mathematics, business and public affairs on this campus and at CU campuses in Boulder and Denver,” said Chancellor Pam Shockley. “With the military presence in Colorado Springs, and in particular the U.S. Space Command, we believe the center can become an important collaborative effort to work cooperatively to ensure that our nation’s most sensitive computer networks are safe.”
Details must be clarified, but initial plans call for the center to work in collaboration with industry, government and other academic entities to identify network security needs, and to find solutions to those needs. Its first partner will be the U.S. Space Command, which plans to enroll about 15 students, including both military members and civilian employees in advanced university computer programs this spring.
“We are pleased with the educational program developed by UCCS,” said Army Lt. Gen. Edward G. Anderson, deputy commander-in-chief of the U.S. Space Command. “We believe this program will educate our staff on emerging technologies related to our computer network operations mission and will create a pool of local computer professionals from which we can recruit to accomplish and enhance our computer network operations mission.”
The center will operate from the office of the vice chancellor for academic affairs, and will work with the university’s colleges of engineering and applied science and business. These will work closely with other campus departments and faculty at other universities to provide state-of-the-art training to military personnel and conduct research related to network security, officials said.
While part of the university, the center is governed by an advisory board including representatives from the U.S. Space Command.