UAH establishes new CORE Lab

The CORE Lab is providing malware analysis for DOD and other critical infrastructure customers.

Thomas Morris, CCRE director and eminent scholar of computer engineering. Photo by Michael Mercier/UAH.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville has established a new Cybersecurity Operations Research Endeavor (CORE) Lab, an investment of $200,000 in research startup funds to attract subject matter experts in malware analysis. The lab is providing new capabilities in malware analysis for the Department of Defense and the Defense Industrial Base.

“In today’s environment, cyber ‘bad actors’ have ratcheted up the attacks on our nation’s critical infrastructure; therefore, the CORE Lab’s expertise and capabilities address these attacks,” said Thomas Morris, director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE) at UAH.

The lab is improving the current capabilities to assess and evaluate malicious tools facilitating cyber attacks against government and private critical national infrastructure.

Patrick Pape, CCRE principal research engineer and CORE Lab SME. Photo by Michael Mercier/UAH

“The CORE Lab provides the capability to assess and evaluate malware in a cyber-relevant timeframe. The evaluations are used to inform analysts and intelligent models to aid in decision making when handling a potentially malicious event,” said Patrick Pape, CORE Lab SME and principal research engineer.

Currently, the lab is providing support to the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, the U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command, the Missile Defense Agency, the Office of Naval Research, the FBI and other nationwide agencies and commands.

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