Mission Initiatives

Mission initiatives build on top of and across our core technical areas. They represent focused efforts to solve today's greatest challenges in cybersecurity and autonomy applied to the national security and homeland security communities. These initiatives draw upon the capabilities of our core technical areas and often involve additional investments from the university and from industry partners to build critical mass to tackle a major challenge area.

Current Mission Initiatives

The following are the current mission initiatives being pursued by the Hume Center.

Previous Mission Initiatives

Over its five-year history, the Hume Center has undertaken a number of such initiatives. The following are a few areas where the Hume Center has had previous mission initiatives.

Smartphone Security

The Hume Center led research in the field of smartphone security, with a particular emphasis on the Android operating system. Researchers developed one of the first prototypes of SE Android prior to the official release of the software by NSA. One of the biggest successes of this program was the spin-out of Optio Labs, Inc, a company that commercialized a fine-grained policy engine for Android that allows it to meet rigorous security controls for high-end military and commercial security requirements.

3.5 GHz Spectrum Sharing

Since roughly 2006, commercial wireless broadband services have been running into military radars in the 3.5 GHz band. Previously this was international, with the Navy AN/SPY-1 platform interfering with WiMAX, however in 2014 the FCC adopted a rulemaking to open up the 3.5 GHz band in the United States, with anticipated deployment of LTE base stations in the AN/SPN-43 band. The Hume Center undertook a number of research projects with ONR and DARPA to investigate opportunities for effective sharing in this band, to include participating in the DARPA SSPARC program. One of the key successes of this initiative was the spin-out of Federated Wireless, Inc, which has now launched a commercial Spectrum Access Server designed to manage coexistence in the 3.5 GHz band.