Homeland Security Requirements
|Threats to our nation will continue to come
from a variety of unexpected and technologically sophisticated adversaries.
During times of crisis, it is essential to quickly and securely marshal the
correct and necessary telecommunications resources to prevent interruption of
services and/or respond securely to an emergency. Effective support for the
mission of Homeland Security will require innovative systems that are rapidly
deployable, highly adaptable, and relatively inexpensive.
The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas)
has a world-class research team with a proven track record of successfully
delivering integrated solutions for complex, interdisciplinary problems.
Hardware and software scientists are brought together by a unique, first in the
nation, ABET accredited telecommunications engineering program that has
flourished in the last five years. This expertise is essential because
countering terrorist acts, including cyberterrorism, demands secure
telecommunications networks and advanced information systems.
Cyber Security and
Information Assurance at UT Dallas
UT Dallas CyberSecurity & Emergency Preparedness Institute researchers have a very
impressive record of performing innovative digital forensics, information
assurance and emergency preparedness research in areas including network
survivability, rapidly deployable networks, sensor networks,
reconfigurable hardware, self healing software, anti-piracy methods,
signal processing, data mining, high assurance systems engineering,
emergency response information systems and others. Importantly, the
researchers have continually demonstrated their ability to deliver
comprehensive, practical solutions at the device, system and network
level. Many members of the team have worked in and with industry in the
engineering and manufacture of commercially successful products. Three relevant, recent accomplishments at UT Dallas include:
UT Dallas is
designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) and
National Center of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R) by the
U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
thus becoming a key player in the nationís efforts to secure
its information assets.
The development, implementation and operation of a highly-secure, web-based
System that rapidly provides hazardous material data to emergency response
teams. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the fall of
2000, the E-Plan system tracks inventories of hazardous materials
at industrial sites. These inventories are accessed by numerous fire
departments and local/state/federal agencies, for routine training and HazMat emergency situations including
truck and train accidents. Current funding from DHS.
E-Plan is currently in use in over 40 states and District of Columbia.
E-Plan has nationwide coverage in 50 states, District of
Columbia and four U.S. territories.
The development, implementation and operation of a ultra-high secure and
robust Quality Excellence for Suppliers of
Telecommunications Forum (QuEST Forum) TL 9000 Measurements Repository System (MRS) / Registration
Management System (RMS) / Web System with
development beginning in spring of 1999 and full operation in January of 2000.
The QuEST Forum
is an industry-wide consortium of over 100 leading
telecommunications companies worldwide. The QuEST Forum Computer System houses worldwide, highly competitive, telecommunications
performance data and in January of 2000 was the first system in North America
to receive the arduous British Standards Institute, BS 7799 Information
Security Certification. BS 7799 is now ISO/IEC 27001. In addition, the
system has been certified to TL 9000 and ISO 9001:2000 since January 2003.