Leading the way in security and networking research at Penn State

11/2/2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – During its 13-year history, the Institute for Networking and Security Research (INSR), formerly the Networking and Security Center until 2013, has been incredibly successful.

Created in 2003 by Thomas La Porta, Evan Pugh Professor, William E. Leonhard Chair and Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), INSR has become the focal point of security and networking research at Penn State. Now directed by Patrick McDaniel, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in EECS, the institute is made up of world-renowned researchers who are leading the nation’s highest priority research efforts in security and network science.

“Over the last 13 years INSR has evolved with the increasing impact of networking and security on the technical sector and public at large,” McDaniel said. “These changes have allowed the faculty and students to pursue a vast array of topics from sensing to smartphones, and even the security of presidential elections.”

Members of INSR actively consult with industry partners like Microsoft, Google, and IBM, and participate as partners on funded projects. Since 2006, the team has been awarded more than $27 million in new funding from leading science and technology agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Army Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency

“I hope that the coming years allow us to expand that broad agenda to other areas, and to extend our effort beyond the College of Engineering,” McDaniel said.  This will allow us to foster interdisciplinary research that will inform and guide industry and society at large.”

INSR’s research is extensive, covering internet security, policy, secure operating systems, secure programming languages, access controls, mobile networking, protocol design, performance analysis and simulation, wireless communication, networked applications, and large networking software systems.

“I see the next step in INSR as building further bridges to other colleges and institutions, and to expand the scope and impact of our research,” McDaniel said. “In this way, we can shape future systems and technologies and inform the society that uses them.”

 

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Graduates

Graduate students that work in the Institute for Networking and Security Research.

“Over the last 13 years INSR has evolved with the increasing impact of networking and security on the technical sector and public at large,” McDaniel said. “These changes have allowed the faculty and students to pursue a vast array of topics from sensing to smartphones, and even the security of presidential elections.”

 
 

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We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

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