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Software Assurance Marketplace earns Project of the Year honors

The Software Assurance Marketplace wins Information Security Executive North America Project of the Year honors

From smartphones to medical devices to the cars we drive, software helps us manage our daily lives. And some of this software is being kept safe from criminals through an award-winning cybersecurity project operated in part by the experts at Indiana University.

The Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP), run in part by staff from Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), has earned 2014 Information Security Executive (ISE) North America Project of the Year Award honors in the academic/public sector category. One of the industry’s most prestigious IT security award programs, the Information Security Executive of the Year Award Series recognizes the highest security achievements.

Supported by a $23.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, the SWAMP provides a state-of-the-art facility that serves as an open resource for software developers, software assurance tool developers and software researchers who wish to collaborate and improve software assurance activities in a safe, secure environment.

Building and operating the SWAMP is a joint effort between four research institutions — Morgridge Institute for Research (lead), Indiana University, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and University of Wisconsin–Madison.

"It is great to see the SWAMP recognized for bringing together commercial and public sector contributors," said Von Welch, IU SWAMP principal investigator and chief security officer. "Software is becoming ubiquitous in medical devices, wearables, portable devices, cars, and more. As part of our desire to have those devices work together, that software is facing even more exposure. Making sure it is secure, reliable and can't be tampered with will ensure that these devices we're all counting on every day will continue to serve us well."

IU’s role in the SWAMP is implemented by a collaboration between two groups within PTI, the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) and the High Throughput Computing (HTC) group. Each brings their expertise in the secure operation of high end computing infrastructure to the project. Additionally, the Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) at IU provided 24x7 operational capabilities.

"Infrastructure such as the SWAMP involves new capabilities that don’t exist in standard IT systems today," said Rob Quick, manager of the HTC group. "Our role in the SWAMP speaks to the strengths of the CACR and HTC teams’ ability to develop new security and operational capabilities to support cutting-edge infrastructure like the SWAMP."