A group of US organisations from industry, academia and government are getting together to conduct a six month study on ?cyber threats?, ranging from Web hackers to economic espionage.
The Manhatten Cyber Project was initiated by security consulting firm, WarRoom Research and was named after the Manhatten Project, in which the US Government commissioned a bunch of scientists, including Robert Oppenheimer, to develop the atom bomb.
Founder members and sponsors include IBM, Bell Atlantic Federal and Ernst & Young, but up to 200 organisations are expected to get involved in future.
Mark Gembicki, executive vice president of WarRoom Research and project coordinator, said: ?This project represents an unprecedented collaboration designed to focus on how the cyber threat has a debilitating impact on an organisation?s information infrastructure as well as its ability to compete.?
The aim is to collect information so as to understand and benchmark what a ?cyber threat? actually is, and to provide that information to the legislature.
Members also intend to set up a not-for-profit Cyberspace Research and Education Center to provide educational programmes to raise awareness of what the cyber threat entails and to offer training on how to introduce potential security safeguards within organisations.
The results of the Project?s research will be presented and made publically available at a Security in Cyberspace Summit after the study is completed.
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