September 25, 2018

Castro Announces $499K to Support Cybersecurity Research

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, announced $499,997 of federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) for research in developing machine learning techniques that investigate ways to prevent powerful cyber-attacks.

“Home of Cyber City USA, San Antonio leads our nation in cyber security research and development with the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) playing a critical role. As we continue to combat growing cyber threats against our nation and our allies abroad, I welcome this federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will help our city continue developing effective countermeasures against sophisticated cyber-attacks. This new research will inevitably support communities across our city, state, nation and globe, having real-world applications in areas such as fraud and crime detection, and I look forward to seeing UTSA continue enhancing our nation’s cyber defenses and making our world a better, safer place.”

Background: This NSF award will support research led by Dr. Shouhuai Xu, a professor of computer science and the director of the Laboratory for Cybersecurity Dynamics at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The project will build a theoretical model and framework for characterizing the vulnerability and resilience of machine learning techniques for defense against types of advanced attacks. The grant is expected to run October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2021.

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