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A UMBC-led, $7.5 million research project could help intelligence agencies share information securely and better protect citizens’ digital privacy.
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The UMBC team is partnered with researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio and University of Texas at Dallas. The grant was awarded as part of the Department of Defense’s Multi-disciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program.
“We want to create the science behind the idea of need to share,” said Anupam Joshi, a key member of the ebiquity group and frequent research partner of Finin. “We’ll be weighing what should be shared with whom and asking if we can balance the utility of sharing something with the risk of its getting disclosed,” said Joshi.
The project will develop new ways for organizations and individuals to express policies for sharing information that can be automatically understood and enforced by information systems. Such policies will go beyond existing data access control mechanisms and 'digital rights management' schemes in their power to include a wider range of situational constraints and the ability to specify limitations on how the data can be used.
Several other UMBC computer science faculty members will lend their datamining and information security expertise to the effort, including Hillol Kargupta, Yelena Yesha and Alan Sherman. Earlier this year, the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security renewed UMBC’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research for its focus on IT security research.
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