The Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (C3) envisioned here broadens the scope of the focused initiatives that have been ongoing in recent years under the auspices of the VoTeR, CHEST, and CSI centers. C3 will envelop and extend the activities of the centers as shown in Figure 1 that illustrates the rationale and organizational relationships. Threats occur as a result of vulnerabilities in either the hardware or the software components of the information technology fabric. CHEST, as a center, is focused on vulnerabilities and threats revolving around the hardware abstractions. For instance, it focuses on hardware counterfeits, Trojan detection, backdoors, hardware tampering, hardware vulnerability analysis, side-channel attacks (and resilience) as well as hardware quality and reliability.

The CSI center, while spanning the breadth of hardware and software, is narrowly focused on a single industry player and is not a suitable vehicle for investigating cybersecurity issues outside the realm of a content provider. The VoTeR Center is, for its part, focused on one application domain related to voting technologies, and its charter calls for the direct support of the State in this space. None of the existing centers are designed or mandated to entertain cybersecurity issues materializing in encompassing domains such as mobile computing, medical systems or web-based services and applications.

C3 is, therefore, an umbrella center devoted to general cybersecurity issues in domains not currently addressed by the existing narrow-focus centers. It will, however, serve as a broad-spectrum cybersecurity entity and it will, by design, leverage the talent and expertise present in the existing centers. Whenever appropriate, C3 will dispatch to the other centers any projects that are more directly germane to their own missions. The governance structure of the umbrella center will include on its board key directors of the three other centers to ensure smooth collaboration and to avoid unnecessary administrative overheads.

C3 Activities Figure 1

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The Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (C3) leverages the synergies existing in CHEST, CSI, and VoTeR to investigate, develop, promote, and nurture the best hardware and software based security practices for indispensible defense and commercial (e.g., insurance, telecommunications) application domains and, in particular, for emerging fields such as mobile device security.

Storrs, CT