MITRE has set up the Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center and Clinical Insights Innovation Cell to strengthen its ability to better focus on cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure, and on new approaches to public health challenges. The two entities will operate as a part of MITRE Labs.

The Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center bridges the public and private sectors to protect critical infrastructure with a mission-driven approach that brings a deep understanding of operational technology (OT) environments and adversarial behavior. The center works to protect infrastructure including operational technology, industrial control systems, and cyber-physical systems.

With a large part of critical infrastructure primarily in the hands of the private sector, the Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center will work across industry and government to better understand cyber threats and identify practical steps to make their operations more secure, MITRE said.

Operating as a not-for-profit concern, MITRE works in the public interest across federal, state, and local governments, as well as industry and academia. It delivers innovative ideas in various areas, including artificial intelligence, intuitive data science, quantum information science, health informatics, space security, policy, and economic expertise, trustworthy autonomy, cyber threat sharing, and cyber resilience.

“MITRE Labs has made significant progress to expand MITRE’s impact, inspire innovative disruption, accelerate risk-taking and discovery, and deliver technology capabilities,” Charles Clancy, senior vice president and general manager of MITRE Labs, said in a press statement. “These new groups will help us move faster, be bolder, and act as better partners for securing our nation’s critical infrastructure and leveraging clinical and genomic data to tackle the problems of infectious disease and the promise of precision medicine.”

The Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center had advertised on LinkedIn for the post of a ‘Director – Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center (CI with Security Clearance.’ Applications are no longer accepted.

The job description was for a person who could critically review work, assess, and set direction in the areas of cyber infrastructure protection, with a technically rooted understanding of the challenges and support to these mission areas is essential for building a vision for this new division. The director also had to focus on connections with technology stakeholders working in the critical infrastructure protection mission areas. As the innovation center is geographically dispersed and often immersed in operational settings, the job profile also calls for the director to establish regular, collaborative venues to communicate with staff regardless of their location.

The Clinical Insights Innovation Cell also brings together public and private sector leaders as it takes on critical healthcare challenges and delivers clinical and data science leadership, insight, and advanced artificial intelligence approaches. The cell’s team includes physicians, data scientists, and informaticists, as well as experts in digital health, clinical research trials, and AI with a goal to fundamentally change how clinical trials are done in the U.S., making health systems more responsive and resilient.

“Harnessing the research potential of medical data creates infinite opportunities to build a safer, healthier, and more resilient society,” said Dr. Brian Anderson, MITRE’s chief digital health physician and senior manager for the innovation cell. “We look forward to collaborating with public and private sector innovators to develop the platforms and solutions that tackle today’s most critical health challenges.”

In June, the National Security Agency (NSA) announced that the MITRE project has released the D3FEND framework, funded by the agency. The new framework sought to improve the cybersecurity of national security systems, the Department of Defense, and the defense industrial base, in addition to adding defensive cybersecurity techniques to the existing ATT&CK framework.

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