The UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) has announced the launch of a new Corporate Membership Program that will provide participating companies with access to cutting-edge research, a diverse talent pool, and other benefits. Six companies have signed on as the program’s inaugural members: Facebook, Inc.; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.; Kaiser Permanente; Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated; Symantec Corporation; and Tanium.
“A key part of our mission at CLTC is to bridge the work of UC Berkeley’s world-class research community with external organizations that are facing cybersecurity challenges on a day-to-day basis,” says Betsy Cooper, Executive Director of CLTC. “The Corporate Membership Program is a key part of that objective, and we look forward to collaborating with our corporate partners around some of the issues that all organizations are contending with in the digital age.”
Housed in the UC Berkeley School of Information and funded through a seed grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity has a mission to design solutions to issues that arise wherever humans and digital systems interact, based on a long-term vision of the internet and its future. CLTC currently sponsors 28 different research projects focused on emerging areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and spearphishing detection, as well as broader issues like education, privacy, and human rights.
The CLTC Corporate Membership Program provides companies with early access to some of the tools and research developed at UC Berkeley, which is one of the world’s leading centers for research in cybersecurity. UC Berkeley’s Computer Science Graduate Program shares the #1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s rankings.
The Program has two levels of sponsorship, CLTC Partners and CLTC Associates.
CLTC Partners can access Research Packages, allowing them to work with Berkeley scholars on cutting-edge cybersecurity questions; Education Packages, which provide opportunities to meet top-notch Berkeley students; and Engagement Packages, allowing them to get out messages to the public or get strategic advice on newsworthy topics. Corporate Partners also have additional opportunities to help CLTC shape its research agenda, join the Center’s External Advisory Committee, and more. Two major companies—Symantec and Kaiser Permanente—have signed on as the first-ever CLTC Corporate Partners.
CLTC Associates have opportunities to meet with CLTC leadership for a company-specific introduction to CLTC resources; gain early access to new research at CLTC’s annual research review event; attend member-exclusive networking events; and participate in recruiting events for Berkeley students in computer science, information management, data science, and other emerging fields. As of August 2017, Facebook, Huawei, Qualcomm, and Tanium have joined the program as CLTC Associates.
“Qualcomm Technologies is excited to join the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity’s Corporate Membership Program,” says Kim Koro, senior vice president and divisional president, Qualcomm Cyber Security Solutions, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “As a mobile technology leader, we are constantly researching and advancing mission-critical security solutions. With 5G in our near future, the number of connected devices will only continue to grow, making cybersecurity more essential than ever. This is a great opportunity for us to stay connected to UC Berkeley’s tools, research, and community experts.”
CLTC Corporate Membership is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law; non-profits and startups are eligible to join the program at a discounted rate. All Corporate Members also have their logos featured on the CLTC website and other communication materials.
“The Corporate Membership Program lets companies stay up to date on the latest cybersecurity research and connect with top companies, students, and faculty,” says Cooper. “We invite any interested organization to contact us to find out more.”
For more information about CLTC’s Corporate Membership Program, please visit this page.