Cybersecurity

The Texas A&M University System is dedicated to promoting cutting-edge research in computer and network security that enables efficient and trustworthy information sharing and knowledge discovery. A&M System facilities and labs develop algorithms, techniques, communication, networks, and systems to solve real-world security problems, aim to make profound real-world impacts. Cybersecurity-focused facilities and labs:

  • Secure Communication and Computer Systems (SUCCESS) Lab—Uses a multi-disciplinary approach bridging machine learning, statistics, information theory, and applied cryptography developing the next generation of algorithms, techniques, and systems to solve real-world network security problems. Current research projects include malware detection/defense/analysis, intrusion detection/prevention, and web/social networking security.
  • Real-Time Systems Group—Develops real-time computing and communication technology for mission critical information systems, including multimedia, command and control, transportation, process control, etc.
  • Internet Research Lab—Focuses on internet-related technologies and protocols including congestion control, peer-to-peer networks, internet measurements, web crawling, performance analysis, and stochastic modeling.

Cybersecurity faculty expertise and research focus areas:

  • analysis/exploration of socially generated metadata
  • ad hoc communication networks
  • attack attribution
  • communication protocols
  • countering deception and SPAM on the web
  • covert communication detection
  • distributed real-time systems
  • enabling trustworthy information access
  • hidden and suspicious object detection
  • infrastructure monitoring
  • intrusion and anomaly detection and prevention
  • knowledge networks
  • malware detection, analysis, and defense
  • monitoring and surveillance technologies
  • network and system security
  • network camouflaging
  • real-time distributed computing systems
  • scheduling algorithms
  • situational understanding
  • smart grid security
  • social honeypots, defense of online communities
  • traffic analysis, anonymity, and privacy
  • web and social network security
  • wireless and sensor networks

Programs in undergraduate, graduate, and professional training—an important source of national cybersecurity capacity building.

  • Graduate curriculum courses: advanced networking and security; business information security; operating systems; information, secrecy, and authentication; data mining; national security policy; and cyber security of the smart grid.
  • As a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, Texas A&M’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center leads DHS’ nationwide cyber training effort.
  • – The Adaptive Cyber-Security Training Online (ACT-Online) courses ensure that the privacy, reliability, and integrity of the information systems that power our global economy remain intact and secure. These DHS-FEMA-certified courses are offered through three discipline-specific tracks targeting everyday non-technical computer users, technical IT professionals, and business managers and professionals.

Cybersecurity educational efforts:

  • The Center for Information Assurance and Security at Texas A&M is designated as a National Security Agency and Center of Academic Excellence.

Multi-disciplinary support facilities:

  • Multi-Program Research and Education Facility (MPREF)—controlled-access U.S. government-accredited facility certified for handling projects up to TS/SCI. Equipped with U.S. government communications suite including VOIP, STE, STE FAX, WAN and secure VTC capabilities.
  • Texas A&M is a member of Internet2, a consortium of universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies.

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