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Venafi expands Machine Identity Management Development Fund to include world’s leading universities 

Venafi expands Machine Identity Management Development Fund to include world’s leading universities 

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Venafi, an inventor and leading provider of machine identity management, has expanded its Machine Identity Management Development Fund to include some of the world’s leading universities, including Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Oxford University.

The new Development Fund initiative provides sponsorships for academic research and development into the critical controls and capabilities advancing state-of-the-art machine identity management. Launched in 2018 with US$12.5 million, the Machine Identity Management Development Fund already provides organisations’ developers with direct sponsorship from Venafi to accelerate machine identity management research and innovation that futureproof customer and industry success. 

The new Development Fund programme provides direct sponsorship to university research teams and students investing in cutting edge machine identity innovation. Research and development programmes can focus on attack tactics and techniques and possible mitigations, as well as applied uses of machine identities, with a particular focus on identities for new types of machines, including those designed for cloud native environments. 

To kick off this new Development Fund initiative, Venafi has partnered with Oxford University and CMU. Venafi is sponsoring a full PhD programme at Oxford University to investigate machine identity management innovations and create new open-source solutions. At CMU, Venafi sponsored Master’s degree candidates in the Information Networking Institute’s Practicum as part of the College of Engineering.

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