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MIT, Raytheon Band Together for Cybersecurity Research

The Frank Gehry-designed headquarters of MIT CSAIL in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The renowned research lab and Raytheon are teaming up to advance the science of cybersecurity.

Raytheon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are joining forces to help advance the science of cybersecurity.

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) – one of the most prestigious research labs in the world – has recruited an exclusive group of four industry partners, including Raytheon, to launch Cybersecurity@CSAIL. The effort is one of three MIT initiatives addressing the technical, regulatory and business challenges to safeguarding digital data against quickly evolving cyber threats.

"We will work with MIT and other industry partners to focus their ongoing research and ensure it can be applied to our real-world problems,” said Bill Kiczuk, Raytheon vice president and chief technology officer. “By leveraging new tools and techniques, we can better protect our systems and our customers’ systems.

Raytheon and MIT each bring to the table unique leadership in cyber research and security. With more than 30 years of cyber and intelligence experience, Raytheon has developed a variety of tools to safeguard digital data. Its services include insider threat protection and counterintelligence; sophisticated analytics; and technologies to defend against the persistent attacks that threaten many organizations.

CSAIL, housed in a spectacular facility designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, is MIT’s largest research lab. There, more than 100 researchers and 500 students are engaged in such fields as artificial intelligence, computing and robotics. The home of W3C, the consortium that sets standards for the World Wide Web, MIT CSAIL helped lead development of the Internet as we know it.

Cybersecurity@CSAIL is a new facet in the deep relationship between MIT and Raytheon, which dates back to 1922, when the company was first established. Raytheon co-founder Vannevar Bush later became dean of MIT’s School of Engineering. In the decades since, many engineers have worked and studied at both the company and the institution.

Now, with Raytheon’s help, MIT is doubling down to fight cyber threats.

“The way this effort is structured, it’s not 100 companies that are involved. It’s just a few,” said Lori Glover, managing director-alliances at MIT CSAIL. “The researchers (at MIT) want a very close interaction with these organizations to have a real dialogue and make advances in research that will ultimately be pushed out and used.”

The partnership will give Raytheon access to other initiatives at MIT, according to Kiczuk.

“There’s a research and development ecosystem we have to keep alive and vibrant,” he said. “Existing cyber tools can’t handle everything yet, and once they do, there will be new threats. We’re making sure our systems meet the ever-evolving need.”

Last Updated: 03/12/2015

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