Lockheed Martin and Carnegie Mellon University announced today that they will conduct joint research and development as they look to shape the future of cyber operations, in a new cyber lab opened by Lockheed Martin near the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
According to Lockheed, locating the lab near the Carnegie Mellon campus will help the research teams develop prototypes faster and test them in a realistic environment.
Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab is one of the largest university-based cyber security education and research centers in the U.S. CyLab is multi-disciplinary and university-wide, involving six colleges from Carnegie Mellon. Supported by public and private funding, Cylab’s goals include building mutually beneficial public-private partnerships to develop new technologies for measurable, available, secure, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems and to educate individuals at all levels.
“Cyber security technologies are rapidly advancing, and Lockheed Martin is committed to providing innovative security solutions for our customers through industry-academia partnerships,” said Dr. Ray O Johnson, Lockheed Martin’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “Collaboration with best-in-class universities like Carnegie Mellon provides the latest concepts that enable tomorrow’s cyber security solutions.”
Lockheed Martin and CMU have a long, 25-year history, which began when Lockheed Martin worked with the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) on software process improvements and software architecture projects. Today, the company’s research projects are spread across many areas of Carnegie Mellon, including the SEI, the Robotics Institute, the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the Information Networking Institute.
“Government agencies need to protect their networks and infrastructure against adversaries that are getting smarter, faster, and more sophisticated every day,” said Rick Ambrose, President of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions – Security division. “The advanced research we’re conducting with Carnegie Mellon will help our nation’s cyber defenders accelerate response times, protect smartphones, and pinpoint potential vulnerabilities in their networks.”
Bethesda, Maryland based Lockheed Martin has about 126,000 employees worldwide. Lockheed is also one of the largest employers of Carnegie Mellon graduates, with more than 250 CMU alumni working for the company and its subsidiaries.