In September of 2013, the Army Research Laboratory launched a broad collaborative initiative in the area of Cyber Security with a consortium of University partners. This website documents the progress of the ongoing collaboration. Please refer to the various pages for information on the organization, events, and results for the CRA.
The purpose of the CRA is clearly articulated by the Army:
"Cyber security is critical to the Army due to the growing number and sophistication of attacks on military cyber networks coupled with the ever increasing reliance on cyber systems to conduct the Army’s mission. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has established an Enterprise approach to cyber security that couples multi-disciplinary internal research, analysis, and operations with extramural research and collaborative ventures. ARL intends to establish a new collaborative venture – The Cyber Security Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA) – that seeks to advance the theoretical foundations of cyber science in the context of Army networks."
The consortium developed in response to the call has formed and begun investigations in a broad array of related areas of cyber security. Resulting from that call, the goal of the Models for Enabling Continuous Reconfigurability of Secure Missions (MACRO) Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA) program is to understand and model the risks, human behaviors and motivations, and attacks within Army cyber-maneuvers. Such understanding and models will lead to an asymmetric advantage in cyber domains against known and unknown attackers both in the ability to detect and thwart attacks as well as allow mission progress in the face of ongoing and evolving threats. See the summary page for more detail.
The CRA is led by Penn State University and contains the Army Research Laboratory, CERDEC, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, the University of California-Davis, and the University of California-Riverside. In addition, an industrial partner will be selected to participate in the coming months. Detailed information on the project participants in available on the organization page.