Creating a Common Framework for Datasets

The Virtual Center for Network and Security Data is a unique effort to organize, structure, and combine the efforts of the network security researcher community with the efforts of the data measurement and collection community. Under the umbrella of the Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure against Cyber Threats (PREDICT) initiative of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology directorate, the virtual center provides a common framework for managing datasets from various data providers.

PREDICT logo PREDICT also formalizes the process of gaining access to these datasets. This common framework benefits both the data providers, as they no longer have to review, approve and monitor individual researchers who approach them for access to various datasets; as well as security researchers, as they no longer need to rely on ad hoc and often arbitrary policies of each data provider that they wish to obtain datasets from.

PREDICT is a collaborative project, with Merit and the University of Michigan as the lead organizations. Other organizations involved in the effort are the University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, Internet2 and XO Communications.

For more information, please visit the PREDICT web site.

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