Comcast and the University of Connecticut have established a Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) at UConn.

UConn’s School of Engineering has specialized in hardware security as home to the Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering (Chase), established in 2012. The new CSI will complement Chase, in which Comcast is also a founding member.

Other sponsors of Chase include the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, Honeywell, Samsung, and Cisco.

Initial activity at CSI will be funded by Comcast, but just as with Chase, wider support is expected. John Schanz, executive vice president and chief network officer of Comcast said, “While many of those research projects will be sponsored by Comcast, we also anticipate research funding and support from the federal government and other industry partners.”

The plan is to have CSI specialize in Internet systems security to develop robust detection systems and analytical tools to ensure that the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems are shielded from malicious attacks, unauthorized access, and faulty or counterfeit products, Comcast said.

“UConn’s leadership in hardware assurance research is well established and we envision the Center of Excellence will be supported by significant, multi-year funding for research initiatives, joint innovation, and the development of the next generation of technologists,” said Schanz.

CSI will be located in UConn’s Information Technologies Engineering building in Storrs, Conn.

“UConn’s Chase faculty is eager to work with Comcast and other industry leaders in developing robust, secure and trustworthy hardware technologies and detection techniques that provide unprecedented assurance in today’s rapidly evolving hardware environment,” said Mark Tehranipoor, the director of Chase, who will also be serving as director of the CSI.

“This new Center of Excellence for Security Innovation further establishes UConn as a national leader in hardware security analysis and technology,” says Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of UConn’s School of Engineering. “It is yet another example of how academic-industry partnerships can advance science, improve people’s lives, and create a new generation of highly-skilled workers prepared to resolve the technological challenges facing our nation and world today.”