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Through CMU’s CERT Division, Pittsburgh Region Stands at the Forefront of Cybersecurity

Since the dawn of the Internet, Pittsburgh has been at the forefront of cybersecurity and keeping networks safe from would-be attackers.

The Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University established its CERT Division in 1988 in response to the first significant network malware, the Morris Worm. Since then, it has remained committed to developing and transitioning tools to reduce cyber risk.

A key CERT partner Is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It offers free expert guidance through its Shields Up website as well as its critical infrastructure sector web pages.

Today, with nearly 5 billion people connected via the internet, vigilance and resilience are essential to prevent our reliance on technology from becoming a weakness that adversaries can exploit. The CERT Division will continue leading efforts to reduce the risk of a catastrophic cyberattack.

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Robots to the Rescue: How AI Labor Can Help Solve Infrastructure Challenges

As the infrastructure of the nation’s cities ages and deteriorates, robots may help solve the problem of how to make dangerous repairs in a cost-effective and lasting way.

Robots that climb pipelines, analyze bridges and capture insights with drones help improve the speed, quality and timeliness of infrastructure engineering, says Joel Reed, executive director of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network.

Although robots are expensive, there is a new financing alternative: RAAS, or robotics-as-a-service vendors, which offer monthly, subscription or unit-based arrangements.

Reed said workforce training is critical to prepare companies to integrate robots effectively.

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“We need to have access to world-class talent as well as a very strong robotics community to partner with. Pittsburgh not only checked those two boxes but also provided a cost-effective environment for our startup to grow roots.”

Neuraville founder and CEO Mohammad Nadji on the startup’s decision to set its headquarters in Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh Region leads efforts to protect networks from attack