CHEST Center Inspires Congressional Action

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Last week U.S. Representatives Steve Chabot (R-Westwood), Mike Turner (R-Dayton) and Marcia Fudge (D-Cleveland) submitted to the House Rules Committee an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to help bolster cyber security efforts nationwide. The amendment passed last Monday by the U.S. House of Representatives supports $3 million in funding for the National Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust (CHEST),  a cyber security consortium led by the University of Cincinnati in partnership with several other national universities including the University of California at Davis, Northeastern University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Virginia and the University of Dallas at Texas and in conjunction with the Department of Defense. Industry partners include the Air Force Research Laboratory, Booz Allen Hamilton, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, Raytheon Technologies and more.

The funds provided by the amendment will help to ensure that CHEST can continue its efforts to establish whole-of-government and whole-of-nation cyber security best practices. “This amendment coordinates university-based research with the needs of industry and government to create a more robust understanding of hardware and cyber security," Turner said. "Many Ohio organizations are at the forefront of hardware security issues and would directly benefit from this amendment. I am glad to cosponsor this amendment that will increase security in Ohio and throughout our nation.”

Below are links to two of the press releases: