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For general information about CyLab, please call 412-268-5715 or email at

If your organization is interested in becoming a CyLab Partner, please contact Michael Lisanti, Associate Director for Partnership Development, at 412-268-1870 or

For more help in finding a specific person, please use the CyLab directory

Mission & Objectives

The 21st Century threat matrix demands a holistic approach - no nation can go it alone, no corporation can go it alone, no individual or family can go it alone. A holistic approach integrates many elements -strategic & tactical, technical & non-technical, professional and public. CyLab offers the building blocks (technology transfers) and the builders (young professionals) needed to implement a holistic approach.

CyLab is ...

  • A bold and visionary effort, which establishes public-private partnerships to develop new technologies for measurable, available, secure, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems, as well as to educate individuals at all levels.
  • A dynamic matrix, in which great works are accomplished, great minds come together, and great careers are launched.
  • A vital resource for government and business to draw on in addressing cyber risks that threaten national and economic security.
  • A world leader in both technological research and the education of information assurance professionals, CyLab harnesses the future to secure the present.

The CyLab strategy integrates response, prediction, education and research & development to build:

  • Technology Capacity: Pursuing an aggressive R&D agenda that integrates technology, business, and policy;
  • Personnel Capacity: Educating professionals in Security Technologies, Business, and Policy;
  • Cyber Awareness: By educating parents, teachers, kids, small business owners and other non-technical users;
  • Industrial Capacity: Transitioning technology to large companies and creating new start-ups.

Cybersecurity threats in the 21st century demand a 21st century strategy and CyLab delivers elements vital to it:

  • Bold, new security technologies
  • The best and brightest young security professionals
  • Internationally acclaimed research expertise
  • A consortium of industry leaders

Affiliation & Collaboration

The CERT® Program at the Software Engineering Institute

CERT is part of the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Following the Morris worm incident, which brought 10 percent of internet systems to a halt in November 1988, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) charged the SEI with setting up a center to coordinate communication among experts during security emergencies and to help prevent future incidents. This center was named the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC). The CERT/CC is now part of the larger CERT Program, which develops and promotes the use of appropriate technology and systems management practices to resist attacks on networked systems, to limit damage, and to ensure continuity of critical services.

Information Networking Institute

The Information Networking Institute (INI) is the educational partner of CyLab, a collaboration designated by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a Center of Academic Excellence in Research.

As an integral department of the College of Engineering and a collaboration of the School of Computer Science, the Tepper School of Business, and the H. John Heinz III College, the INI’s professional graduate degree programs represent an exceptional fusion of technologies, economics and policies of secure communication networks.

The INI programs at partner institutions in both Europe and Asia have become a paragon for international education within Carnegie Mellon and around the world. Using advanced facilities and resources, the programs combine local and distance education to train students in cutting-edge technologies.

Top students from around the world attend the INI, seeking the broadened perspective and enriched skill sets necessary to design solutions, manage teams and lead enterprises in today’s global networked information technology marketplace.