[ISN] Schools plan security test lab

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Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 04:21:07 PDT

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    By Brian Robinson 
    May 3, 2004 
    McAfee Research was selected last week as the industry partner for 
    three universities to round out the team constructing a large-scale 
    cybersecurity test bed that will help develop new defenses against 
    computer worms and viruses.
    The three-year, $10.8 million project involves teams at the University 
    of California at Berkeley, the University of Southern California's 
    Information Sciences Institute and Pennsylvania State University. It's 
    funded through grants from the National Science Foundation and the 
    Homeland Security Department.
    Although worms and viruses increasingly pose a threat to the Internet 
    and its systems, there is no test that can simulate how events on such 
    large-scale networks. The program was started to create such a test.
    McAfee, the research arm of security vendor Network Associates 
    Technology Inc., will provide design help on two separate programs, 
    the Cyber Defense Technology Experimental Research (DETER) network and 
    Evaluation Methods for Internet Security.
    DETER will eventually consist of 1,000 computers with multiple network 
    interface cards and simulate the entire Internet, from servers and 
    hubs to the desktop, without an actual connection to the Internet.
    It will serve as a shared laboratory in which researchers from 
    government, industry and academia can put their security technologies 
    to the test.
    In addition to the income from the contract award, McAfee officials 
    expect the work they do with partners to help them develop new tools 
    that the company can provide for future customers, said Erik Mettala, 
    vice president of McAfee Research.
    Brian Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He 
    can be reached at hullite @ mindspring.com. 
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