US network management firm Niksun is joining forces with Aalborg University's Center for Teleinfrastructure and the Department for Electronic Systems on a project designed to improve security on tomorrow's network systems, the university has announced on its website.
Niksun's founder and director, Parag Pruthi, has been in Aalborg this week together with several of the company's experts to finalise negotiations and sign a collaboration agreement with the university on the project, which is called STRONG (Security, Trust and Robustness on Next Generation Networks).
According to Pruthi, the knowledge generated through the collaboration will be shared with industry and academic environments through research papers, conference posters and educational material. The results will also be used to improve Niksun's own technology platforms.
"We have thousands of installations where our systems provide cybersecurity and protection to authorities, financial institutions and the pharmaceutical industry. But it's nothing like as secure as we would like," says Parag Pruthi.
Postdoctoral student Rasmus Hjorth Nielsen is one of the researchers who will be working on the project with Niksun. He is looking forward to the challenge, and sees relevance in the work across the complete range of security applications, from protecting an ordinary individual's PC to securing military installations from the threat of hostile cyber-attacks.
"Security is not good enough today. We can already see that from the Niksun test equipment we have set up in our laboratories. Lots of security loopholes are still being detected, which we can help close off with the help of new methods."