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Wijesekera and Shah receive funding for project Securing Softwarization and Disaggregation in Nextg: Call to Disaggregate Trust Management

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Duminda Wijesekera, Acting Chair, Cyber Security Engineering, and Vijay Shah, Assistant Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, are collaborating with Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI)-Hub Co-Pl Dr. Aloizio Luis DaSilva on a project titled: "Securing Softwarization and Disaggregation in NextG: Call to Disaggregate Trust Management." 

The goal of the project is to implement and deploy a multi-domain point-of-presence (PoPs) multi-cloud environment OpenStack-SDN-based across CCI Hub and Mason to evaluate VNF security solutions using decentralized trust management and deployed and interconnected across different cloud-environment to support the manufacturing industry use case.

Wijesekera and Shah received $100,000 from the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority for this project. Funding began in January 2022 and will end in late December 2022.


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