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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Shaheen, Kuster Announce $4 Million Federal Grant for Dartmouth College Cyber Security Research

Aug 15, 2013
Press Release

HANOVER, N.H. – Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that Dartmouth College will receive $4 million in federal grant funding to support research on cyber security and the protection of electronic medical records. The grant, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will go toward researchers at Dartmouth’s Department of Computer Science, who are looking to better protect medical records sent by cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

“This is a great investment in research and development that will ultimately help make our healthcare system more efficient and secure,” Shaheen said. “The accomplished faculty and staff at Dartmouth are doing cutting-edge research and this grant is a testament to their abilities.”

“Electronic medical records are helping us improve access to quality, affordable health care,” Kuster said. “But, to meet those goals, and to protect our patients, these records must be completely safe and secure. This funding will help us better protect patients’ privacy and to keep them safe and healthy for generations to come.”

The NSF funding is part of a nearly $10 million federal grant directed for cyber security research at four universities across the country. In addition to Dartmouth, which is leading the project, research teams at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan will receive about $2 million each.

Together, the researchers will work to develop tools to better restrict access to electronic data to patients and doctors only and to further detect malware, among other harmful programs, on mobile devices and wireless computer networks.

This funding will allow us to continue and expand our research on the security and privacy challenges in the use of mobile technology in support of health and wellness, challenges which are vital to the success of these technologies and to the privacy of patient information,” said David Kotz, Dartmouth’s Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences and the project’s lead researcher.

The grant funding is part of NSF’s Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace program, which funds research projects across the country working to improve electronic security and protect against cyber attacks. Additional information about the program is available here.