Cyber technologies are inextricably woven into the fabric of today's society. Knowledge,
communication, trade and even politics are no longer confined by geography, as the
internet and the web have rendered distances meaningless. Cyber technologies amplify
the reach of individuals and organizations in the farthest corners of the globe so
that they can impact the entire world, yet this reach can be destructive when used
for illicit or nefarious purposes. According to McAfee, world-wide losses due to cybercrime
amounted to $600 billion in 2017. Juniper Research expects this number to grow to
$2 trillion by 2019. Disinformation campaigns can be even more costly over the long
term, as they sow discord and division in society, and erode our trust in institutions.
Cyber threats pose a far bigger challenge for advanced nations such as the United
States than the rest of the world. Risks are even more concentrated for New York,
given its standing as the financial capital of the world. Sustained investment in
cyber-security research is needed to protect our economy, prosperity, security and
Recognizing the growing importance of cyber-security, Stony Brook University established
the National Security Institute (NSI) in 2013. NSI brought together a team of leading
researchers that have already made considerable headway on some of the thorniest cyber-security
challenges being faced today. However, sustained progress in the field requires a
holistic interdisciplinary approach spanning multiple areas and disciplines, including
software and hardware engineering, secure and usable systems design, modeling, validation
and verification, cryptology, human computer interaction, psychology, and policy.
The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is uniquely positioned to bring together
such an interdisciplinary team of researchers that can lead the way towards engineering
solutions for secure and trustworthy communications, platforms and systems of tomorrow.
Specifically, the College has identified four major research areas that will lay the
foundation for secure and trustworthy cyberspace.