The Applied Research Center at FIU Secures Multi-Million Dollar Award from the U.S. Department of Defense for Cyber Security Science &Technology Research

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that the Applied Research Center (ARC) at Florida International University (FIU) has secured an additional multi-million dollar award for sponsored research from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Test Resource Management Center (DOD-TRMC). The new funding is a continuation of the cybersecurity technology research & development and STEM workforce development/training efforts being led at ARC since 2013.

ARC, in collaboration with our colleagues at FIU’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), is developing the “Cyber Attack Orchestration Testbed for Automation and Threat Monitoring in Virtual Environment (CTAM)” Cyberspace Test Technology for Test & Evaluation (T&E).

DOD Fellows and ARC Cybersecurity staff working on CTAM project for DOD-TRMC

DOD Fellows and ARC Cybersecurity researchers working on CTAM project for DOD-TRMC

ARC is performing state-of-the-art research in machine learning/deep learning to support the Cyberspace Test Technology domain of DOD. This will allow the cyber operations team to model their missions in a virtual environment and monitor the test vector behavior as it propagates through the system.

– Himanshu Upadhyay, (Program Manager, IT and Cybersecurity and Co-Principal Investigator)

In addition to the technical work being performed for the purposes of detecting, monitoring and analyzing the malware behavior during cyber-attacks to DOD infrastructure, a parallel STEM workforce development and training effort, known as the DOD-TRMC Cyber Fellows program, is training the next generation of scientists and engineers that will constitute the cybersecurity workforce of the future.

The specialized training and excellent education received at FIU makes our students extremely attractive to government agencies and government contractors.

– Leonel Lagos, Director of Research at ARC and Principal Investigator

DOD Cyber Fellows together with FIU and DOD TRMC Officials at the 2017 Cyber Fellows Induction Ceremony

DOD Cyber Fellows together with FIU and DOD TRMC Officials at the 2017 Cyber Fellows Induction Ceremony

ARC works with DOD-TRMC and FIU engineering departments to source talented students to participate in this Cyber Fellows program, which includes 10-week cyberspace internships at various DOD facilities and DOD contractors followed by continuing work on the cyber security projects at ARC. The program also facilitates the career employment of FIU STEM students, the majority with DOD or DOD contractors.

By the numbers:
• 13 FIU students inducted as Cyber Fellows since program inception
• 7 additional Cyber Fellows will be inducted on May 23, 2018
• 7 additional FIU STEM students and post-doc fellows have also been trained
• 18 completed TRMC sponsored internships
• 6 additional internships at DOD facilities planned for summer 2018
• 10 Cyber Fellows have graduated from FIU and joined the cyber workforce
• 3 additional Cyber Fellows are graduating this term and joining Google, Boeing, and MITRE Corps.


For more information about this exciting program, please contact:
Dr. Leonel Lagos (Director of Research, FIU ARC) at or 305-348-1810.

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