Jain to lead group developing secure, cloud network for collaborations

When researchers from various institutions collaborate, they need a secure way to share data, have online chats and hold video conferences. A computer scientist in the School of Engineering & Applied Science is leading a team of researchers to develop such an infrastructure using cloud technology.

Raj Jain

Raj Jain, professor of computer science & engineering, will lead the project with a three-year, $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with researchers from Purdue University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The team will design and create a prototype of a cloud-based Assured Mission Delivery Network (AMDN), which will allow secure collaboration among scientific communities from multiple organizations. Security is the key part of the design, which will address functions including authentication, integrity, accountability and privacy. It will include alarms of potential security breaches of attacks, both intra- and inter-cloud.

Jain said the AMDN is flexible depending on what types of resources are needed and the requirements of the researchers using it.

While designed primarily for large-scale scientific collaborations, the network also could be used for commercial and industry applications, such as by utility providers, financial services companies or health-care organizations, in which privacy and security are key.

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