Military Embedded Systems

Nanotech solutions for cyberattacks goal of AFRL, NAU partnership


March 19, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr. courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

ROME, N.Y. Personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) joined industry and military partners at Northern Arizona University (NAU) Feb. 25 to discuss a multimillion-dollar cybersecurity project headed by Professor Bertrand Cambou.

Cambou, a professor of nanotechnology and cybersecurity in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS), is the principal investigator (PI) on a grant from the U.S. Air Force to develop nanotechnology solutions for cyberattacks and cyber warfare. SICCS professor Paul Flikkema is the PI on a grant aimed at developing hardware for computer diversity. Together, the grants total $6.3 million and include a dozen researchers and students at NAU.

The Department of Defense brought in additional partners to aid in the transfer of technologies. That group met at NAU to seek clarity on the critical tasks and objectives of the work. Partners from the Air Force Research Lab’s Information Directorate, Space Vehicles Directorate and Materials and Manufacturing Directorate; the Office of Naval Research; Sandia National Laboratory; Lockheed Martin; and Crossbar Inc. are part of this project.

The project has two major goals: develop key technology modules to enable new forms of protection across the landscape of cybersecurity needs, and to develop and combine several new technologies, including innovations in microelectronics and the design of computer hardware.