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Invisible Armor
by: Kathleen Ricker

Stronger than steel but infinitely light and flexible, the mithril armor of Tolkien’s epic fantasy Lord of the Rings protected Frodo and Bilbo Baggins against attack by dragon and Orc. In the real world, however, NCASSR researchers url are designing a different kind of mithril to fight a different sort of dragon-cyberterrorists who have, in recent years, brought large, complex websites down by launching assaults that overwhelm ordinary security systems. Project MITHRIL, led by NCSA’s Von Welch, Jim Basney, and Himanshu Khurana, focuses on survivability— making it possible for sites to continue to operate and serve end-users in the face of a devastating cyberterrorist attack.

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