Thanks to projects like the “classifier” (see the Early Warning Systems section above), CMU has a strong reputation for cyber security research. In 2014, it received a $5.6 million grant through the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.
CMU is the home of:
- Software Engineering Institute (SEI) – The world-famous SEI is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. It hosts the CERT Division, sponsors conferences and provides widely recognized training programs.
- Picoctf – Picoctf is a computer security contest targeted at middle and high school students. It’s a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon’s Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP) of Cylab and Team Daedalus of the Entertainment Technology Center. Both of these groups are student-run.
- Cylab – Cylab is a cross-disciplinary security initiative that seeks to establish public-private partnerships between university faculty and graduate students and industry partners. Together, these groups conduct important research and work on developing new security technologies.
CMU is an NSA CAE IA/CD institution and offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs (including a PhD) in information assurance and cyber security.