About

Being SMART About Cyber
Cyber SMART builds on the long-established reputation of the Georgetown University as a leading, trusted industrial-academic research platform, forged over many years by the National Science Foundation (NSF) accredited Software and Security Research Center (S2ERC) and more recently by the Blockchain Technology and Ecosystem Design Research Center (B-TED). Adhering to the standards and requirements of the NSF’s Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) program, Cyber SMART now takes that approach to cost- effective research to the next level to provide cyber research that is truly multi-discipline and innovative.

The Cyber SMART Difference
Cyber SMART removes the segregation that typically exists between disciplines and collapses the barriers, to make the full range of relevant academic expertise easily accessible to businesses, government and individuals for cyber research and training. Public and private sector organizations are provided with comprehensive solutions that address the most challenging national and international cyber opportunities and issues through delivery of transformative multi-discipline research by the world’s leading experts.
The depth and breadth of the research produced by Cyber SMART is a game-changer in the research available to organizations to shape their cyber operations, the cyber research opportunities available to academics and students in a range of disciplines; and in the educative impact on curricula, policy, standards, and regulation.


Cyber SMART Making a Difference
Cyber SMART prepares public and private sector organizations, researchers, educators and students as the future cyber professionals, for the new era of cyber. This new era’s characteristics include increased connectiveness and international regulation; transborder data flows; new developments in communications, especially in over the top services; expanded use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology and its application to a range of industries including finance; and the growing importance of digital identity. Overlaid are legal and policy aspects, particularly individual rights to data protection, privacy and identity; due diligence obligations of organizations; and the need for the development of standards particularly for new applications like blockchain, for example. There are also other considerations that are often overlooked. Disciplines beyond computer science and law including economics, business management, behavioral and other social sciences and medicine bring new perspective and understanding that informs cyber research and education.

Cyber SMART identifies and synthesizes all these aspects to provide comprehensive analysis and to develop and test solutions to the most challenging cyber opportunities and issues. By taking this type of comprehensive approach to collaborative cyber research and education, Cyber SMART fully addresses the needs of government and private sector organizations now and in the future.

Our member organizations range from large multinational corporations to small start-ups and not-for-profit organizations in fields as diverse as communications, finance, insurance, medical research, technology development, and overseas aid. Many of our members engage Cyber SMART to undertake specific research relevant to their interests and needs, others collaboratively fund research into what they consider important cyber developments that impact societal interests. The cross-disciplinary approach of Cyber SMART informs policy development and reform.