Sandia National Laboratories recently opened its new Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory (CTRL), designed to facilitate discussion of critical cyber research issues among cybersecurity professionals from the Bay Area and throughout the country. The facility is located on the grounds of the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC).

"With CTRL, we can run experiments and talk more freely about a wide range of cyber research activities, and we can do so with a variety of U.S. and international collaborators but without some of the unrelated restrictions that are often associated with a national laboratory," Jim Costa, senior manager of computational sciences and analysis at Sandia’s California site, said in a statement. "At the same time, we can do these things in a uniquely controlled environment where we know what activities are taking place and we can monitor who and what else is in the building."

"CTRL is a secure but open place, where those who have the credentials to get in can freely collaborate, brainstorm, and conduct experiments with other cybersecurity pros," writes HotHardware's Seth Colaner. "The site’s many programs are funded through various sources and will include office space for academic and industrial partners. Having such a place near Silicon Valley isn’t a bad idea, either."

"The aims of the center are to develop the science and computing foundation necessary for robust cybersecurity research and development; nurture critical relationships to help understand the technical threat concerns facing industry, government, and academia; develop, test, and implement cybersecurity approaches in real-world situations; promote technical domains that support the advancement of cybersecurity; develop political and social awareness of the threat and the consequences posed by cyber exploits and attacks; and provide a window to the external world on open cybersecurity and related work throughout Sandia," Infosecurity reports.

"Sandia is run by Sandia Corp., owned by Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy," writes San Francisco Business Times' Steven E.F. Brown. "Besides its two labs in Albuquerque and Livermore, Sandia also runs the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada where explosives and bomb components are tested, and also the Kauai Test Facility in Hawaii, where rockets are tested."