In 2012, the Idaho state Legislature created the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM).
The intent of this program is to help grow industry in Idaho, in part by funding research at Idaho's universities. Three Idaho research universities supported internal competitions and selected proposals to forward to the state for review. The Center for Secure and Dependable Systems’ (CSDS) proposal was one of the three proposals selected for funding by the state.
Highlights of this project include:
- 5 new faculty positions at the University of Idaho hired over the next 2 years:
- Two new faculty for Computer Science, one associate professor and one assistant professor focusing on cyber security, specifically secure software engineering and embedded systems.
- One assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering focusing on power grid information systems
- One assistant professor of Civil Engineering focusing on transportation information systems
- One assistant professor of Sociology focusing on quantitative evaluation of privacy/security policies.
- Funding for security laboratory improvement, system administration, research staff, and CSDS travel and operating expenses.