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Grant to fund cutting-edge millitary cybersecurity work

Purdue University has landed a $2.3 million contract from the Indiana Innovation Institute to help develop a program focusing on military cybersecurity. The school will work with Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame* and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division on the ASSURE program, which aims to find and address vulnerabilities in military electronics.

ASSURE, which stands for Achieving Scientifically Secured User Reassurance in Electronics, is also tasked with creating a national research center in trusted and reliable military electronics.

The first research projects will cover areas including secure circuits, detecting counterfeit devices, "system-on-a-chip" devices and developing a non-destructive system to measure device aging.

IN3 says the technology that will be developed by the ASSURE program will contribute to a $189 billion microelectronics industry. The organization says such products and platforms have applications in nearly all military products. Indiana Innovation Institute Chief Executive Officer General Gene Renuart says the approach to applied research will address critical needs in the U.S. Navy and the private sector.

ASSURE will be based in Purdue's Discovery Park.

— Andy Ober, Assistant Managing Editor, Indiana Business

* Notre Dame's X.  Sharon Hu, professor of computer science and engineering, will serve on program project focused on creating secure circuits to prevent IP piracy using novel materials.