Carnegie Mellon Starts Institute

Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University has launched an institute that will focus on developing new technologies and processes for dealing with Internet security threats.

An extension of the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (CERT/CC), the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Survivable Systems (CMISS) will work with firms on a range of security-related activities. Those include the research and development of new security products, education and training initiatives, trend analysis and forecasting, risk mitigation strategies and support for joint efforts between university departments and industry.

CMISS will seek strategic partnerships and deliver fee-based services to private- and public-sector companies. Unlike CERT/CC, whose funding is largely dependent on government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the FBI, CMISS will be able to receive money from and do research for any private or public institution.

CMISS's launch comes at a time when a spate of viral and denial-of-service attacks have heightened fears about computer security.

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