Dean Marco Carvalho Lands $1.6M Federal Research Award

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Marco Carvalho, dean of Florida Tech’s College of Engineering and Science, is leading a cutting-edge cybersecurity research effort that could revolutionize how multiple organizations collectively defend themselves from cyberattacks.

Carvalho is the principal investigator on a project at the Harris Institute for Assured Information that recently received a $1.6 million, three-year award from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.

The federated command and control infrastructure Carvalho has developed under prior DHS funding enables coordinated detection and response to cyber events across different organizations, and the new DHS contract will have Florida Tech developing a federated defense ecosystem to further test and refine this powerful and important capability.

“It is an honor and a vote of confidence in our work to receive new funding from the Department of Homeland Security,” Carvalho said. “I am proud of our groundbreaking research into this critical area of cyber defense, which I owe to the outstanding team of faculty and researchers we have at the Harris Institute for Assured Information.”

In addition to his responsibilities as the dean of the College of Engineering and Science, Carvalho also serves as executive director for the Harris Institute for Assured Information, which has been awarded over $6 million in new sponsored research projects this academic year.

This latest funding furthers the work Carvalho and the university started with a previous Homeland Security contract, now fulfilled, involving the design of new techniques and algorithms for the monitoring, control and coordination of cyber sensors and defenses across multiple domains and across administrative boundaries.

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