Cyber Security

Safegarding our nation’s information systems

With computers networks reaching into all aspects of life, keeping data secure is central to the well-being, security, and productivity of our society.

One of our most important security priorities is protecting the domestic power grid. Professor Yan (Lindsay) Sun has pioneered a holistic approach to addressing power grid security challenges by analyzing information, signal processing, and networking.

Elsewhere, researchers are developing better secure network protocols that route packets of digital information to their destinations. Faculty and students are working to help people know what online information they can trust when deciding whether to make a purchase, entrust their child to a daycare, or vote for a candidate. Our researchers are looking at ways to manage online reputations, promote trustworthy social computing and secure elections, and to identify deep fake videos.

  • Cross-Disciplinary URI Team Forms Neuro-Learning Center - A URI team featuring Engineering Professor Kunal Mankodiya will establish a Neuro-Learning Center that will include cutting-edge equipment to study the relationship between brain activity and behavior, brain mapping, and neuroplasticity.
  • COE Welcomes New Faculty - Mehrshad Amini, Assistant Professor, CVE/OCE Dr. Mehrshad Amini will join the University of Rhode Island in Fall 2023 as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Ocean Engineering. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 2021. […]
  • NSF Awards Grant to Study Energy Grid Security Hardware - Professor Hui Lin, along with a partner from the University of Arkansas, has been awarded a three-year, $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Lin’s work has been focused on ways to defend the nation’s power grids from cyber-attacks. The idea came from the 2014 cyber-attack that shut down a Ukrainian power plant. “We’re […]
  • Yan Sun Professor Yan Sun Honored By Her Alma Mater For Career Accomplishments - URI Professor Yan (Lindsay) Sun returned to her alma mater, the University of Maryland, to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni who have made significant and meritorious contributions to their fields.


Assistant Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering


Assistant Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering


Professor and Department Chair

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering


We need to protect data, people and the national infrastructure. I am driven by a sense of urgency to combat these threats to our security.
Yan Sun