Ann Arbor based company gets nearly $2 million to improve Internet safety for users

Internet2 given grant by National Institute of Standards and Technology

Published On: Sep 20 2012 02:53:05 PM EDT

An Ann Arbor business received a nearly $2 million boost to help protect the online privacy of others.

Internet2 was awarded a $1.84 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Internet2, in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon, Brown University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Texas, and the University of Utah, will use the money to develop new ways to help people protect their privacy while on the Internet.

Congressman John Dingell, D Michigan praised the awarding of the grant to Internet2.

“Internet2 deserves this grant, and Internet users across the country will benefit from it,” he said in a news release. “The work Internet2 will do with this money will improve people’s ability to guard their privacy online. With cybercrime and online fraud on the rise, being able to protect your identity online is more important than ever these days."

The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded a total of $9 million in grants. They money is to be used to develop solutions that improve online transactions, prevent identity theft and give people more control over how they share their personal information.

"I’m proud that NIST awarded this grant to an Ann Arbor-based company. That is more proof that Michigan has the technical know-how and training to be a leader in cyber-issues moving forward," said Dingell.