As Pennsylvania’s only statewide research, education, and community network, KINBER provides network-based connectivity and services to over 80 organizations and programming to many more, including higher education, K12, healthcare, communities, libraries, public media, museums, government, non-profit organizations, as well as commercial organizations consistent with its mission. KINBER is a trusted technology partner that provides a strategic and competitive advantage to Pennsylvania-based organizations in the use of digital technologies and services.
The Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) has two primary roles. As the computer security incident response team (CSIRT) supporting the R&E community at-large, we serve the entire EDU space in the United States, including non-members. In this role, we work with trusted third parties to notify higher education institutions of infected hosts and suspicious network traffic.
The CERT Division is a leader in cybersecurity. We partner with government, industry, law enforcement, and academia to improve the security and resilience of computer systems and networks. We study problems that have widespread cybersecurity implications and develop advanced methods and tools to counter large-scale, sophisticated cyber threats.
ESnet - Science DMZ
The National Cyber-Forrensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) is a nonprofit corporation founded in 2002, focused on identifying, mitigating, and disrupting cyber crime threats globally. The NCFTA was created by industry, academia, and law enforcement for the sole purpose of establishing a neutral, trusted environment that enables two-way information sharing with the ultimate goal to identity, mitigate, disrupt, and neutralize cyber threats. Through the NCFTA, private industry and government are able to work together in this neutral, trusted environment.
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
The Science DMZ is a portion of the network, built at or near the campus or laboratory's local network perimeter that is designed such that the equipment, configuration, and security policies are optimized for high-performance scientific applications rather than for general-purpose business systems or “enterprise” computing.
PSC is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Established in 1986, PSC is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry and is a leading partner in XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the National Science Foundation cyber-infrastructure program.
Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk.
Trusted CI’s mission is to provide the NSF community a coherent understanding of cybersecurity’s role in producing trustworthy science and the information and know-how required to achieve and maintain effective cybersecurity programs. This mission is accomplished through one-on-one engagements with projects to address their specific challenges; education, outreach, and training to raise the state of security practice across the scientific enterprise; and leadership on bringing the best and most relevant cybersecurity research to bear on the NSF cyberinfrastructure research community.
XSEDE is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise. People around the world use these resources and services — things like supercomputers, collections of data and new tools — to improve our planet.
Internet2 is a member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment where US research and education organizations can solve common technology challenges and develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research and community service missions. Our community touches nearly every major innovation that defines our modern digital lives—and continues to define “what’s next.”
The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is a high-performance, unclassified network built to support scientific research. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science (SC) and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides services to more than 40 DOE research sites, including the entire National Laboratory system, its supercomputing facilities, and its major scientific instruments. ESnet also connects to 140 research and commercial networks, permitting DOE-funded scientists to productively collaborate with partners around the world.
Globus is a secure, reliable research data management service. With Globus, subscribers can move, share, & discover data via a single interface – whether your files live on a supercomputer, lab cluster, tape archive, public cloud or your laptop, you can manage this data from anywhere, using your existing identities, via just a web browser. Developers can also use Globus to build applications and gateways leveraging our advanced identity management, single sign-on, search, authorization, and automation capabilities.
Pitt Information Technology (Pitt IT) provides innovative information technology services that support learning, teaching, research, and business at the University of Pittsburgh. Among the many services that we offer are: data networking, security, telephone and voice systems, and the My Pitt website. Our state-of-the-art Network Operations Center provides secure hosting and monitoring services for enterprise-wide applications and network services. Our Enterprise Solutions, including Pitt Email (Outlook), network-based firewalls, and web hosting bring the high reliability and consistent security required by the University. End-user support is available around the clock through the 24/7 Help Desk and is supplemented with a number of specialized, onsite support programs. We also offer software packages to students, faculty, and staff at no cost or reduced cost through Software Distribution Services.
Pittsburgh Quantum Institute
Pitt Cyber provides a unique interdisciplinary environment for tackling cyber challenges. We bring the breadth of one of the world’s leading public research universities to bear on the critical questions of networks, data, and algorithms, with a focus on the ever-changing gaps among law, policy, and technology. Our collective of legal, policy, and technical researchers engages with policymakers and industry to create both actionable proposals to address current demands and fundamental insights to understand the future as it arrives.
The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute (PQI) was founded in 2012 with the mission “to help unify and promote quantum science and engineering in Pittsburgh”. With financial support from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, PQI provides leadership throughout Pittsburgh in areas that impact the “second quantum revolution”. PQI faculty members (currently more than 70) have appointments from Pitt, CMU and Duquesne University, in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, and philosophy of science. PQI sponsors and organizes research seminars, panel discussions, public lectures, and outreach activities, and a signature event (PQI20XX in April) that brings in a dozen plenary speakers and a public lecture. PQI supports graduate students with research and travel awards, and sponsors two well-attended poster sessions per year.
Research Centers in Academia
Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity are institutions that have met rigorous requirements, and through careful evaluation are designated as CAE in Cybersecurity. An institution or program must apply to be a CAE every five academic years. Students attending CAE-CD and CAE-R schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and can apply for the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. CAE in Cybersecurity institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity in return for their role in supporting our Nation's information systems.
Educational Institutions with Cybersecurity Programs