Secure icon in human head chalk drawingThe development and operation of secure systems continue to present significant technical challenges. To assist in addressing these challenges, the National Security Agency initiated a coordinated set of focused research activities undertaken under the auspices of four Science of Security Lablets, which are sited at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, North Carolina State University, University of Maryland, and Carnegie Mellon University. More information about the Lablets can be found at the Science of Security Virtual Organization.

The Lablets share a broad common goal, which is to develop the foundations for security science, with a focus on advancing solutions to a selection of the most difficult technical problems. The goal is to develop foundations for the science of security—an explicit intellectual framework of process and methods for advancing scientific understanding and accelerating the transition of scientific results into practice. The Illinois Lablet will address the five “hard problems” listed below, with a particular emphasis on predictive metrics.

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