University to Host Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection

Consortium, managed in collaboration with SRI International, supports research on global information infrastructure security.

Diana Burley will be executive director and chair of the Institute for Infrastructure Protection.
Diana Burley will be executive director and chair of the Institute for Infrastructure Protection.
September 23, 2015

The George Washington University will become host in October of the Institute for Infrastructure Protection (I3P), a national consortium of leading institutions addressing the cybersecurity challenges that affect critical infrastructures.

Founded and previously hosted by Dartmouth College, the institute will be led by Diana Burley, professor of human and organizational learning in GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. It will be managed in collaboration with SRI International

“To be chosen as the host of the I3P is a testament to the expertise of Dr. Diana Burley and GW’s commitment to cross-disciplinary research,” said Leo Chalupa, the university’s vice president for research. “The institute will enable us to advance our cybersecurity research initiative and to strengthen our collaboration with SRI International.”

The consortium includes 26 leading academic institutions, national laboratories and nonprofit research organizations. Drawing from its member institutions, the I3P assembles multidisciplinary teams able to analyze problems of national importance. It has has been awarded over $30 million in funding.   

“Cross-institutional collaboration is vital to protecting our global information infrastructure, and the I3P is well-positioned to support government and industry leaders as they work to address the evolving cybersecurity threat,” said Dr. Burley. “I am proud to represent the I3P and GW in this endeavor, and I look forward to leveraging our relationships with national cybersecurity researchers and policy makers to enhance the security of our nation.” 

GW will host an event celebrating the transfer of the institute on Oct. 22.