Hewlett Foundation Grants $45m to Security Research

The Hewlett Foundation is to pump $45m into cyber security research at three major universities – MIT, Stanford, and UC Buckley. The grant is aimed at establishing new major academic research centers.

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Hewlett is hoping to create a “marketplace for ideas” by addressing the growing issues surrounding online security globally. Each university is receiving $15m.

“Choices we are making today about Internet governance and security have profound implications for the future. To make those choices well, it is imperative that they be made with a sense of what lies ahead and, still more important, of where we want to go,” said Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation.

MIT said that the three institutions’ research will take a complementary approach to their studies.

Stanford Cyber Initiative added that it will immediately launch and develop seminars and conferences on their research while UC Berkley’s Steve Weber said: “The goal of Berkeley’s new Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is first to map out what the cybersecurity problem itself will come to mean a few years hence, and then to generate and facilitate the forward looking, interdisciplinary research efforts that will make a difference.”

“Having these three universities on board, with their global reach and world-class faculties, is a huge step in addressing one of the defining challenges of our time,” said the Hewlett Foundation’s Larry Kramer.