NSRI, UNO to aid USSTRATCOM with IT Security at new facility

October 27, 2015

United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) has awarded the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska a contract, which funds research, to aid in defending infrastructure networks for the new Command and Control Facility.

Dr. William Mahoney, Associate Professor of Information Assurance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will serve as principal investigator and lead the UNO research team.  The goal of the research project will be to simulate critical infrastructure environments, analyze behaviors and determine best solutions to assist USSTRATCOM’s network defense personnel in the development and implementation of unique network defense procedures. The result of the research will reduce and optimize USSTRATCOM response time to defend infrastructure networks against adversary threats in real time, during day-to-day operations and in crisis situations.

“This project will ensure the information technology infrastructure of the new Command and Control Facility meets current and emerging mission needs by improving effective monitoring and protection,” said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, USSTRATCOM commander. “The research is integral to the safety and security of our unique networks as we move into the new facility and prepare the command to perform our deterrence mission into the future.”

United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is one of nine Combatant Commands within the Department of Defense. Mahoney states that “protection of critical infrastructure is important today and will become even more important as USSTRATCOM begins transitioning to its new Command and Control Facility in 2018.”

Mahoney said that “USSTRATCOM requires assistance to train and educate cyber systems operators in cyber critical infrastructure environments, understanding the unique operating environment, how to defend the networks supporting these systems, and also provide research into vulnerability discovery and risk mitigation.  Our team at UNO is well positioned to provide this training and education.” 

NSRI Executive Director Bob Hinson, Lt Gen, USAF (ret) added that “the results of this contract will enhance USSTRATCOM’s ability to determine best-of-breed solutions to protect and defend USSTRATCOM cyber key terrain elements from adversaries in the new Command and Control Facility.”

The National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska is dedicated to delivering solutions for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) to USSTRATCOM.

About NSRI
Founded in 2012, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska is the only University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) in the country dedicated to delivering solutions for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) to U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and across other federal agencies. NSRI provides research and development for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental agencies in multiple mission-critical competency areas — including development of medical countermeasures to WMD; nuclear detection and forensics; consequence management; chemical and biological weapons detection; and space, cyber, and telecom law. Learn more at nsri.nebraska.edu.

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