School of Information Sciences

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

SIS Awarded New IMLS Cybersecurity Grant

CybersecurityThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a nearly $50,000 collaborative planning grant to The University of Tennessee (UT) to develop collaborative partners for planning curriculum and research opportunities that will provide students with knowledge and hands-on experiences to protect our nation’s science information resources and to confront today’s ever-changing cybersecurity challenges.

For this planning grant, UT will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the University of New Mexico Library, and Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop blueprints of cybersecurity educational modules; a platform for sustainable curriculum design; and a detailed strategy for student recruiting.  The project will also identify additional stakeholder groups.

Associate Professor Suzie Allard from the School of Information Sciences will lead the grant research  “At SIS we already have leading-edge academic research  and education in the areas of data curation and data science,  but as a nation we also need to consider how to protect these science information resources through responsible cybersecurity ,” said Allard.  “We are honored to have been awarded this grant and enthusiastic about the opportunities it will enable for building strong collaborations with leaders in the field to construct plans for providing our students with classroom and field experiences.”

Bruce Wilson, who is an Enterprise Architect at ORNL and holds a joint appointment at the School of Information Sciences, is a co-leader on the project. He notes “This project is another example of the great partnership between ORNL and UT.  It also directs work at the important and evolving needs in the security and information assurance for long-term digital archives.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.