Sandia Opens Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory

A new cyber-security research facility aims to bring scientists and students together to tackle growing threats.

Sandia National Laboratories, a multi-program laboratory operated by Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sandia Corp., opened the Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory (CTRL), a center for cyber-security professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country to meet and discuss critical cyber-research issues. The lab is on the grounds of the Livermore Valley Open Campus, which is shared by Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National laboratories.

The lab is designed to be a center for the research and development of cyber-security solutions through technology, practices and policy, with a broad mission to promote stronger relationships between industry, academia and national laboratories. Sandia€™s Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD) program, which has trained hundreds of college students in cyber-defense, is already in operation. The CTRL also houses a number of Sandia cyber-programs and will provide office space for academic and industrial partners.

€œWith CTRL, we can run experiments and talk more freely about a wide range of cyber-research activities, and we can do so with a variety of U.S. and international collaborators but without some of the unrelated restrictions that are often associated with a national laboratory,€ Jim Costa, senior manager of computational sciences and analysis at Sandia€™s California site, said in a press statement. €œThe Bay Area is a hotbed for social media and computer companies of every type, and every product or service being developed today must be reliable and resilient. €œAny of it can be attacked by our adversaries, so the more we can facilitate technical discussions with our cyber-security brethren, the better.€

Specifically, the lab will develop, test and help implement cyber-security approaches in real-world situations, promote the technical domains that support the advancement of cyber-security, work to lay the scientific and technical foundations required for robust cyber-security research and development, and act as a Bay Area resource for open work performed at the company€™s location in New Mexico. This summer€™s Sandia/California CCD interns will also be housed in the CTRL facility.

€œAt the same time, we can do these things in a uniquely controlled environment where we know what activities are taking place, and we can monitor who and what else is in the building,€ he continued. €œWe look at CTRL like our own neighborhood hangout for Sandia and visiting cyber-professionals who need an open but secure place to meet and collaborate.€