For release: August 15, 2012
For press information, contact Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, 901-678-4147
Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, University of Memphis computer science professor, and John
R. Williams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been awarded a one-year
$853,289 grant to develop a biologically inspired way to secure computer information
and networked systems. The funding from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects
Activity (IARPA) will support development of a novel “Negative Authentication System,”
which is expected to immunize password-protected information systems from cyber-attacks.
Over the next year the Memphis-MIT research team will design the system, which will
provide an additional layer of password protection, invisible to the user, to be placed
into network user identification and authentication systems to effectively thwart
increasingly vicious cyber-attacks. Once the new system is developed, research partners
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will test various versions against online
and off-line attacks.
Dasgupta is one of the pioneers of immunological computation research and applications
and is a global leader in the broader field of bio-inspired computing in cyber-security.
He directs the Center for Information Assurance and the Intelligent Security Systems
Research Lab at the University of Memphis, where he is also the 2012 recipient of
the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.
IARPA tackles some of the most difficult challenges faced by the intelligence agencies
by investing in high-risk, high-payoff research programs that have the potential to
provide the United States with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future