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GW and Telos Announce Partnership to Create Center for Data Analytics

Agreement Provides Funding for Dedicated Research and Development
October 19, 2015
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Emily Grebenstein (GW): emgreb@gwu.edu, 202-994-3087 
Renate Neely (Telos): renate.neely@telos.com, 703-724-3780 
 
WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 2015)—The George Washington University (GW) and Telos Corporation have signed a five-year agreement to support research and development in big data and data analytics in Northern Virginia.
 
The industry-academic partnership will support research and development projects that use high-performance computing to focus on a key issue of national significance: cyber and physical security, and how research and development on algorithms and analytic tools can solve some of the major challenges our nation faces. 
 
The partnership combines the educational and research objectives of GW with the cybersecurity, secure mobility and identity management capabilities of Telos Corporation. 
 
"The partnership with Telos demonstrates how academia and a leading industry corporation can come together to address issues that affect so many in our society,” said Ali Eskandarian, dean of the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC). “In Telos, one of our VSTC neighbors and one of the premier companies in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are fortunate to have a partner with equal commitment to advance the economic development of the region."
 
As part of the agreement, GW will establish a data analytics research center to be housed at the VSTC and will hire research specialists, who will collaborate with Dr. Eskandarian and Richard Robinson, chief technology officer of Telos Corporation, to conduct research to develop and test security threat models, risk modeling and enterprise impact assessment. Telos is supporting the project by providing the technical knowledge and resources to help develop the research center. Mr. Robinson, former chief information officer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will lead various projects focusing on algorithm development for contextual and predictive analytics. 
 
“The American experience clearly shows that collaboration between academia and industry helps to promote more rapid technological advances, which in turn spur economic growth and development,” Telos CEO John Wood said. “In this same light, our partnership with VSTC will lead to real-world solutions addressing the most complex and critical concern of our time – how to assess risk and maintain security in a world of ever-changing threats – and will help further establish Northern Virginia’s leadership role in cybersecurity.”
 
The partnership is the latest development in a well-established relationship between GW and Telos. Telos has served as an industry partner in GW’s annual Teachers in Industry Project, offering educators a multi-day externship at their headquarters to show them the skills students will need to get a job with the company after college. In addition, Mr. Wood serves on the advisory board for the VSTC.  
 
Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson applauded the announcement, saying, “This collaborative research agreement between George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus and Telos Corporation represents another big step in Virginia’s efforts to bring together the best and the brightest in the Commonwealth to tackle the tough challenges our nation faces in cyberspace. I want to thank GW and Telos for taking the initiative to create this partnership and further help make Virginia a leader in cybersecurity.”
  
“Our collaboration with Telos is based on achieving mutually beneficial results and is a model of the relationships GW continues to develop with corporations,” said Tom Russo, assistant vice president for industry and corporate research at GW. “Telos is a visionary company and we have identified multiple areas where our interests are aligned. We are looking forward to many future opportunities to work together.”
 
GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus
The GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus is strategically located in the Northern Virginia technology corridor near Dulles International Airport. The Campus focuses on interdisciplinary STEM research, including biological and health sciences, big data and analytics, high performance computing, energy science and technology and infrastructure safety engineering. The campus, established in 1991, offers approximately 20 academic degrees and certificate programs in business, cybersecurity, education, engineering, health sciences, information technology and nursing. Many programs are designed to match the needs of professional students, with evening, weekend and online courses. Learn more at virginia.gwu.edu.
 
About Telos Corporation
Telos Corporation empowers and protects the world's most security-conscious enterprises with solutions and services for continuous security assurance of individuals, systems, and information. Telos offerings include cyber security solutions and services for IT risk management and information security; secure mobility to protect globally connected enterprises; and identity management to establish trust in personnel and continuously monitor for insider threats. The company serves military, intelligence and civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations, and commercial organizations around the world. For more information, visit www.telos.com
 
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