The Argus group was founded by Dr. Xinming (Simon) Ou in 2006 to carry out cyber security research. Our focus is on the defense aspect of the cyber space, and our philosophy is to start from real problems, and create solutions that last. Our research attempts to address the root causes of the various cybersecurity problems, and we work closely with industry to ensure our work both addresses the most pressing problems of the time, and provides the scientific basis for solutions that can stand the test of time.
We believe that successful cyber defense can only be achieved through automated coordination of various observation and action points in a network environment, and through fundamentally changing the way IT systems are created and managed to obviate the many security problems we face today. "Point solutions" like firewalls and traditional IDS systems are limited in effectiveness since they only look at one aspect of the system and lack the analytic capability of "connecting the dots" among various information sources. Moreover, they tend to focus more on dealing with the manifested problems rather than eradicating their root causes. Our research aims at providing the enabling technologies for automated security analytics, with solid theoretical foundation and empirical study. We also investigate ground-breaking new security technologies that could fundamentally change the game of cyber warfare to defender's advantage.
Argus research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and HP Labs. The group is named after the giant Argus in Greek mythology, who has a hundred eyes that constantly watch for enemies.