BU RISCS

Promoting Research and Education in System Reliability and Information Security Through a Multi-Disciplinary Approach.

Cybersecurity is a daily concern in our personal and professional lives. When you go online, whether it’s to shop, connect with friends and colleagues, or access an account, you worry about who might be tracking you or breaking into your files. But, cybercrime isn’t just an individual concern, nor does it only affect first-world countries like Australia, Canada, and the US. Recently, a major news organization announced that cybersecurity was the biggest threat to the world economy. Between machine learning cyber attacks, ransomware, attacks through IoT, infrastructure hacking, email phishing or anti-virus malware, attacks on our most sensitive information are being created and unleashed every day.

The Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS), which is a center at the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University, promotes and coordinates research and education in system reliability and information security by emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach that includes fields as diverse as reliable and secure computations, engineering, economics, ethics, and law. RISCS draws on the expertise of 22 faculty and over 100 graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, Questrom School of Business, and Metropolitan College, and provides opportunities for faculty and students from diverse fields to collaborate on interdisciplinary research problems, create new knowledge, and develop innovative multidisciplinary curricula. Additionally, RISCS supports the BU Security Group, which does research in cryptography and network security within the Department of Computer Science.

RISCS has also inspired the creation of the Cyber Security, Law & Society Alliance, with growing participation and engagement from researchers from computer science, law and related disciplines at Boston University. It’s another example of engagement with the BU community and partnerships with diverse schools from across the university ecosystem.

 


Current Research Areas Include:

 


Seminars and Events

RISCS supports and hosts several events throughout the academic calendar. Each event addresses different research areas.

 


RISCS Officers

The RISCS team is made up of officers and other participating faculty across several colleges and schools including, College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, Questrom School of Business, and Metropolitan College. Additionally, over 100 graduate students collaborate on interdisciplinary research problems, create new knowledge, and develop innovative multidisciplinary curricula. Full list of RISCS Officers and Participating Faculty Researchers.

Ran Canetti

Ran Canetti
Director, Professor, Computer Science Department
College of Arts and Sciences

 

Mayank Varia
Director, MACS Project
Hariri Institute for Computing
Boston University

 

Tanya Zlateva

Tanya Zlateva
RISCS Director for Education
Associate Professor of Computer Science and
Dean, Metropolitan College & Extended Education

 

Steve Homer

Steve Homer
Associate Director for Research, Professor, Computer Science Department
College of Arts and Sciences

 

Lou Chitkushev

Lou Chitkushev
Associate Director for Academic Programs and Industry Relations
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Metropolitan College

 

 

 

National Science Foundation (NSF)
BU MACS Project addresses grand challenges in building secure cloud services

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research
designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security