AT&T and Internet2 Establish Research Labs for Network Security

October 13, 2000

Washington, DC–October 10, 2000—AT&T and Internet2(R) today announced

Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be sites for

the Internet2 Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Labs. These newly created

research laboratories will help develop and deploy interoperable

technologies to make the Internet more secure, more reliable and easier to

use. AT&T is providing initial funding for the labs.

“We’re excited about the forthcoming PKI Lab work,” said

Professor David Nicol, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer

Science at Dartmouth, and Technical Coordinator of the Cybersecurity program

at Dartmouth’s Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS). “It

synergistically brings together ISTS, the Computer Science Department, and

the Computing Services group. We’ll be focusing on problems that arise when

systems require distribution of identity and authorization information,

particularly the ‘pervasive computing’ systems that are just around the

technological corner. The small university environment of Dartmouth provides

an ideal testbed for working out research ideas in a real context.”

This PKI Lab award will accelerate the pace and increase the depth of

collaboration at University of Wisconsin-Madison and across the Internet2

community. We see ourselves scouting ahead to discover and help overcome

barriers to broad-scale PKI deployment, said Keith Hazelton, Senior

Information Technology Architect with the Division of Information Technology

at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. PKI offers great promise for

addressing issues in privacy, data confidentiality, data integrity and

reliable digital signatures.

Internet users need a simple, reliable way to securely use services ranging

from remote scientific instruments to email, calendar and e-commerce. In

addition, privacy is an important consideration when using many services,

such as digital libraries.

A PKI ties together information in digital certificates, databases and

directories, enabling reliable authentication and authorization across

organizational boundaries. Widely deployed PKI-enabled middleware is

essential for the Internet to become more secure and effective.

The Internet2 PKI Labs will develop PKI technology that is more scalable,

open, secure and private. It will allow enterprises to better secure access

to information and services over the Internet. Service providers will deploy

end-user solutions more quickly by eliminating the need to build components

from the ground up. Close collaboration with Internet2 corporate partners

will help promote rapid deployment in the global Internet.

A board of leading experts from industry, government and academia provide

leadership and direction for the Internet2 PKI Labs. Members of the board

include Steve Bellovin, Fellow, AT&T Labs; Carl M. Ellison, Senior Security

Architect, Intel Corporation; Richard A. Guida, Chair, Federal PKI Steering

Committee, Federal Chief Information Officers Council; RL “Bob” Morgan,

Senior Technology Architect, Computing & Communications, University of

Washington; Robert Moskowitz, Senior Technical Director,; Clifford

Neuman, Senior Research Scientist, Information Sciences Institute of the

University of Southern California; and Jeffrey Schiller, Network Manager,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information about the Internet2 PKI Labs, see:

For details about the activities planned at Dartmouth, see:

For details about the activities planned at University of Wisconsin-Madison,


About Internet2(R)

Led by over 180 US universities working with industry and government,

Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and

technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of

tomorrows Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnership of academia,

industry and government that helped foster today’s Internet in its infancy.

For more information about Internet2, see:

About AT&T Labs

AT&T Labs, the research and development unit of AT&T, is working to create

the information services and communications network of tomorrow. AT&T Labs

is a leader in the development of technologies and standards for audio,

speech, video and image compression; electronic commerce and digital

copyright management; search and directory services; speech processing and

coding of all sorts; network architecture, design, engineering and

operations; and other areas critical to the advancement of new

communications, Internet and broadband offerings. For more information on

AT&T, see

About Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College has been at the forefront of American higher education

since 1769. A member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth is a superb undergraduate

residential college with the intellectual character of a university,

featuring thriving research and first-rate graduate and professional

programs. This unique combination creates a highly personal learning

environment for its exceptional students and faculty. Dartmouth has long

been at the forefront of developing and adopting computing technology and

promoting its use within the community.

About the University of Wisconsin-Madison

In achievement and prestige, UW-Madison has long been recognized as one of

America’s great universities. Founded in 1849, the university is a public,

institution that provides on a single campus a complete spectrum of liberal

arts studies, professional programs and student activities. UW-Madison’s

academic reputation is consistently rated among the top 10 in many areas of

study, including Computer Sciences. For more information, see

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