Leading University Research Centers in the U.S. and India Announce Cybersecurity Collaboration

NYU Tandon and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Agree to Joint Education and Research Initiatives to Strengthen Critical Infrastructure and Defend Against Cyber Warfare

Following a highly successful international cooperation that attracted more than 15,000 students, faculty, professionals, and supporters to the world’s largest student-run cybersecurity games, the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur have signed a seven-year agreement to deepen their exchange in information security research and academics.

The agreement commits NYU Tandon — one of America’s first institutions of higher education with a cybersecurity program — and IIT Kanpur — one of India’s leading computer science universities — to exchanges that will defend critical infrastructure from cyberattacks and electronic warfare. The agreement calls for cooperative research, teaching projects, faculty and student exchanges, and scholarly seminars and workshops.

It formalizes and expands several years of cooperation, which included short-term faculty visits, student internships, and joint research. Starting in 2017, selected teaching and research professors and doctoral and master’s degree students will spend a semester or more on the exchange campus.

At NYU, the cooperation will fall under the auspices of the Center for Cybersecurity, an interdisciplinary institute that joins the engineers at NYU Tandon and NYU Abu Dhabi with scholars at the School of Law and other NYU schools in order to shape research, education, public discourse, policy, legal, and technological issues.  The initiative at IIT Kanpur will be led by its Centre for Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure.

“Both our institutions recognize the urgent need in our technology-driven economies for highly educated experts who will protect our critical infrastructure, businesses, and personal digital information,”  said Ramesh Karri, professor of electrical engineering at NYU Tandon and co-founder of the NYU Center for Cybersecurity. “Cyber criminals know no boundaries, and we are proud to be taking this important step to broaden the international experience of the next generation of our cyber protectors. This agreement will also expand our ability to generate and propagate vital research with respected scholars at IIT Kanpur.”

Did You Know?
Unemployment in cybersecurity hovers near zero, and according to estimates by Cisco, there are one million cybersecurity job vacancies this year alone, including more than 200,000 in the United States. Frost & Sullivan, in an often-cited report, predicts 1.5 million unfilled security positions worldwide by 2020.


About IIT Kanpur
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, is one of the premier institutions set up by the Government of India. Registered in 1959, the institute was assisted by nine leading institutions of U.S.A in the setting up of its academic programs and laboratories during the period 1962-72. With its record of path-breaking innovations and cutting edge research, the institute is known the world over as a learning centre of repute in engineering, science and several inter-disciplinary areas. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government. For more information, visit www.iitk.ac.in.

About the NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within the country’s largest private research university and is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu.

About the NYU Center for Cyber Security
The NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to training the current and future generations of cybersecurity professionals and to shaping the public discourse and policy, legal, and technological landscape on issues of cybersecurity. NYU CCS is collaboration between NYU School of Law, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and other NYU schools and departments. For more information, visit cyber.nyu.edu.

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