NSF Funds New UCLA Cybersecurity Research Center and Other News

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NSF Funds New UCLA Cybersecurity Research Center
In news not necessarily related to the law, UCLA just announced that it is starting a cybersecurity research center, thanks to a grant by the National Science Foundation.  The Center for Encrypted Functionalities opened on Thursday, July 31, 2014, and is funded by a five-year, $5 million grant from theNSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program. The center is a collaboration among researchers at UCLA, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University.  As a proud alumnus, I am happy to hear that UCLA is taking a leading role in developing cybersecurity solutions.

NIST to Host New Cybersecurity Workshops
Of course, UCLA is not the only university with a cybersecurity program.  The National Institute of Standards Technology just announced its 6th Cybersecurity Framework Workshop to be hosted the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida on October 29-30, 2014.   In February 2014, the NIST released it voluntary framework of best cybersecurity practices.  The workshop will be a chance for the NIST to get some feedback from industry, academia, and government.

The NIST also recently announced its 7th Annual Conference on Healthcare Information Security, co-hosted withDepartment of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights.  The seventh annual “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security” conference will be held on September 23-24, 2014 in Washington, D.C., and will explore the current health information technology security landscape and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule.

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