Clemson receives funds for data security research

A team of mathematical sciences professors at Clemson University recently received $2.1 million in funds to improve their teaching and researching of data security and privacy through online communications.

The funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) are specifically for teaching and researching certain points that are important to online communications that need privacy and security.

The funds will help to support training graduate as well as undergraduate students. In addition, postdoctoral scientists will use number theory and computer coding theory to make progress with encryption. They will be able to develop coded data that only authorized individuals or groups can read.

Data encryption reaches past the safety of credit card information. The new field for computer scientists is discovering approaches to guarantee the safety of cloud-based data as it is transported as well as between people operating the systems that house the data.

“One of the goals of this grant is to build the infrastructure necessary to train more researchers and to continue pushing research forward in cloud data security,” Professor Kevin James said.

With these funds, Clemson University can fund two postdoctoral researchers for the next three years as they develop an undergraduate research program that will introduce students to coding theory. The program will also feature cryptography and number theory.

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