Cybersecurity is an ever-growing challenge in today's world. We’re continuously strengthening our defenses against cyber attacks.
Such attacks exploit weaknesses in technical infrastructures and human behavior. It’s not only a technological challenge: Understanding the motivations and incentives of individuals and institutions, both as attackers and defenders, can aid in creating a more secure and trustworthy cyberspace.
Under the research umbrella of the UA Eller Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, The Hacker Web and AZSecure SFS Fellowship programs will help address significant cybersecurity research and education challenges facing the U.S. and internationally.
With a highly inter-disciplinary team, the Hacker Web project aims to answer the important questions about hacker behaviors, markets, community structure, communication contents, artifacts and cultural differences. The proposed integrated computational framework and the resulting analytical algorithms and techniques will allow researchers, policy makers, and industries to better understand the hacker community and its highly complex ecosystem and impacts. The Hacker Web project will collaborate closely with the AZSecure SFS Program.
The AZSecure project will support 40 BS, MS and Ph.D. students in the next five years in advanced cybersecurity analytics and information assurance education and for future placement in major government agencies and industries. The award is one of the largest NSF SFS (Scholarship-for-Service, under SaTC) grants in the nation, along with other major institutions. It is also one of the very few awarded to the College of Management.