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Comcast, UConn Connect On Security

The University of Connecticut and Comcast have established the Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) at UConn, a facility that unites the expertise of both companies.

Under the partnership, researchers within the university’s existing Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering (CHASE) will tie in Comcast’s work in Internet systems security to develop robust detection systems and analytical tools to ensure that the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems are shielded from malicious attacks, unauthorized access, and faulty or counterfeit products.

“This new Center of Excellence for Security Innovation further establishes UConn as a national leader in hardware security analysis and technology,” says Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of UConn’s School of Engineering, in a statement. “It is yet another example of how academic-industry partnerships can advance science, improve people’s lives, and create a new generation of highly-skilled workers prepared to resolve the technological challenges facing our nation and world today.”

“UConn’s leadership in hardware assurance research is well established and we envision the Center of Excellence will be supported by significant, multi-year funding for research initiatives, joint innovation, and the development of the next generation of technologists,” added John Schanz,  EVP and chief network officer of Comcast.  “While many of those research projects will be sponsored by Comcast, we also anticipate research funding and support from the federal government and other industry partners.”

The new Center of Excellence in Security Innovation will be located in UConn’s Information Technologies Engineering building in Storrs, and expands on the relationship between Comcast and UConn’s School of Engineering.

Comcast is one of the founding members of CHASE, which is also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, as well as companies such as Honeywell, Samsung, and Cisco Systems.