The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to five research institutions to develop a computer program for detecting weak areas in cryptographic protocols that protect the Internet. Led by Clarkson University, the group plans to use logic algorithms to simulate everything that can go wrong when information is sent through protocols in order to determine where improvements should be made in security. The software would be made available to individuals and protocol developers so they can analyze the security of their programs and automatically detect attacks.
"You can imagine, everything we do nowadays involves computers, whether it's small things like buying something online without somebody stealing your credit card number, or it's also big things, like all of the country's infrastructure, the military and the government's secret communications," says Clarkson's Christopher A. Lynch, the project's lead investigator.
Clarkson will work with researchers from SUNY Albany, the University of New Mexico, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.
From Watertown Daily Times (NY)
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