[ISN] Schools plan security test lab
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Tue May 4 07:21:07 EDT 2004
By Brian Robinson
May 3, 2004
McAfee Research was selected last week as the industry partner for
three universities to round out the team constructing a large-scale
cybersecurity test bed that will help develop new defenses against
computer worms and viruses.
The three-year, $10.8 million project involves teams at the University
of California at Berkeley, the University of Southern California's
Information Sciences Institute and Pennsylvania State University. It's
funded through grants from the National Science Foundation and the
Homeland Security Department.
Although worms and viruses increasingly pose a threat to the Internet
and its systems, there is no test that can simulate how events on such
large-scale networks. The program was started to create such a test.
McAfee, the research arm of security vendor Network Associates
Technology Inc., will provide design help on two separate programs,
the Cyber Defense Technology Experimental Research (DETER) network and
Evaluation Methods for Internet Security.
DETER will eventually consist of 1,000 computers with multiple network
interface cards and simulate the entire Internet, from servers and
hubs to the desktop, without an actual connection to the Internet.
It will serve as a shared laboratory in which researchers from
government, industry and academia can put their security technologies
to the test.
In addition to the income from the contract award, McAfee officials
expect the work they do with partners to help them develop new tools
that the company can provide for future customers, said Erik Mettala,
vice president of McAfee Research.
Brian Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He
can be reached at hullite @ mindspring.com.
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