As a charitable service-based nonprofit organization (NPO) coordinating individuals, businesses, academia and governments with interests in High Technology, Big Data and Cybersecurity, we bridge the global digital divide by providing supercomputing access, applied research, training, tools and other digital incentives “to empower the underserved and disadvantaged.”
“The HPC in Cybersecurity Center of Performance (CoP) is an educational chapter focused on bringing together members of the private sector, government and academia engaged in the intersecting technologies of HPC and cybersecurity,” said Maryam Rahmani, CoP Director.
From its Washington, D.C., headquarters, the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP seeks to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on technical and policy initiatives now being developed to address the growing number of cyberthreats and cyberattacks. With individual member support and institutional sponsorship, the CoP will host conferences, webinars and Lunch-and-Learn seminars on a regular basis.
The HPC in Cybersecurity CoP will have two primary goals for its educational outreach activities. First, it will advance and promote the adoption of HPC technology to prevent cyberattacks on vital assets and infrastructure. These cybersecurity applications of HPC will focus on, but not be limited to, the domains of oil/gas, utility, healthcare, finance/banking, advanced manufacturing and retail marketing.
“In the interconnected age of e-commerce and the Internet of Things, the threats from cyberattacks have expanded from personal data and privacy to intellectual property and industrial control systems,” said Rahmani.
Cyber intruders are increasingly targeting intellectual property, such as proprietary workflows, algorithms and business processes – information that can potentially be stolen much faster from a computer network than a large data file. And many other attacks in cyberspace seek to exploit vulnerabilities in sensors and actuators that manage, for example, the electrical grid. HPC technology is uniquely positioned to defend against these hit-and-run incursions.
“HPC technology has the capability to simultaneously monitor thousands of entry points into a vast computer network, detect potential threats and anomalies, and shut down the attack before further damage can be inflicted,” said Rahmani. “Through predictive analysis, HPC technology can even predict when and where the next cyber intrusion is likely to occur.”
The second major objective for the Center of Performance is to take a leadership role in developing processes and best practices that will keep HPC platforms safe from cyberattacks. Often referred to as supercomputers, HPC systems along with their software and applications require cyber protection protocols customized to their unique architecture.
The Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) formally announced the creation of the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP at the society’s Annual Technical Meeting held in Houston, Texas on December 2, 2015. Society president Earl J. Dodd said the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP is the first of several planned domain-specific chapters to be launched by the SHPCP.