Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

1980  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (75798)

Principal Investigator: Williams, Dwayne (Principal Investigator) Harrison, Keith (Co-PI)  

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 3,047,863

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

Start and End Dates: 7/6/17 - 7/6/20

Restricted Research: YES


Department, Center, School, or Institute: CTR INFRASTR ASSURANCE & SECUR  

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: International Cyber Assessment and Defense Competition/Cyber Competition Metrics

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: US Dept of Homeland Security

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency


Cyber security is becoming an increasingly global issue. Cyber attacks are not bound by geographic restrictions. Hackers can mount attacks from anywhere on the planet using globally dispersed attack platforms. Countries around the globe struggle with the same issue – there are not enough trained cyber security professionals with the right type of skills to meet current or future needs. The United States, and especially the federal government, needs a significant number of cyber security professionals in order to protect and preserve the critical cyber infrastructures the nation relies on. Unfortunately, the number of security professionals currently being produced by the nation’s colleges and universities is not sufficient to meet the requirements of government, the military, or industry. Programs that will encourage more individuals to consider cyber security as a profession, help students acquire knowledge, and train students to become cyber security professionals need to be developed and supported. One method that has been shown to increase interest in various technical programs (such as cyber security, programming, or robotics) is the use of knowledge-based or skills-based competitions. While competitions at both the high school and college levels are attracting more students to cyber security related degree programs and careers, not enough is being done to ensure a global baseline of cyber security skills. Competitions unquestionably have an impact of cyber skills development, but there is currently no effective method to measure what that impact is, how long it lasts, or how well competition involvement translates to on-the-job ability. This proposal outlines two complementary efforts to address those needs. The first is the development of a virtualized platform and methodology that will support collaborative cyber competitions on a global scale. Once developed, the global competition platform will allow the CIAS to host competitions exercising cyber assessment and cyber defensive skills with participants around the world. Countries will be able to compete, learn, and exchange knowledge in a global, virtualized environment. The second effort in this proposal is the development of metrics/analytics to measure the activity occurring within cyber competitions and the effectiveness of cyber competitions in terms of education and workforce development. Both of these proposed efforts fall under topic CSD.08 – Cyber Security Education


yes 8.1.18jn


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