Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

1979  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (75797)

Principal Investigator: Sandhu, Ravinderpal (Principal Investigator) Krishnan, Ramnarayan (Co-PI) Carmona-Dominguez, Guadalupe (Co-PI) Beebe, Nicole (Co-PI) Prevost, John (Co-PI)  

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 5,000,000

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/17 - 8/31/22

Restricted Research: YES


Department, Center, School, or Institute: Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) Cyber Center for Security and Analytics (CCSA) Open Cloud Institute (OCI)  

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: CREST Center for Security and Privacy Enhanced Cloud Computing (C-SPECC)

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Natl Science Fdn

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Education and Human Resources


With NSF support, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will establish the multi-disciplinary CREST Center for Security and Privacy Enhanced Cloud Computing (C-SPECC), dedicated to integrated education and research at the intersection of cloud computing and cyber security (including privacy). Cloud computing is a transformative technology that emerged a decade or so ago. It is anticipated to dominate the computing landscape for the foreseeable future. Security and privacy remain among the major barriers to further, faster and safer adoption. The cloud ecosystem is complex with various service delivery models (Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service), deployment models (public, private, community, and multi clouds), essential characteristics (self-service, elasticity, shared infrastructure,Internet accessibility, and metered use), and multiple actors (cloud tenants, cloud service provider, cloud broker, and cloud integrator). Security and privacy add additional layers of complexity to the already complex cloud ecosystem. There are new threats, such as from the cloud service provider, and new manifestations of existing threats, such as privacy breaches due to other cloud tenants. Workforce shortages in cyber security and cloud computing are extensively documented. Workforce needs for securing the cloud are even more pronounced. The intersection of cloud computing and cyber security is of high national importance, complexity and rapid change. This arena merits a Center-scale effort to advance fundamental understanding, develop innovative technologies, and integrate these into educational programs at multiple levels. UTSA has targeted cyber security and cloud computing as strategic areas, since 2000 and 2012 respectively, and has operated cloud computing research laboratories since 2008. UTSA possesses ample hardware, infrastructure and expertise to build a multi-cloud laboratory for C-SPECC. C-SPECC goals are: (i) to be nationally recognized for excellence in research, innovation and education in security and privacy enhanced cloud computing, (ii) to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM professions, especially high tech computing, and (iii) to pursue innovative research-based educational strategies for grades 8-12, and undergraduate and graduate programs, in this arena. C-SPECC will encompass four UTSA Colleges: Science, Engineering, Business and Education. It will partner with Rackspace (a San Antonio founded and headquartered cloud service provider), Northside Independent School District (largest in San Antonio), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


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