Harvard Receives $15 Million for Cyber Security Initiative

Harvard University has announced a $15 million gift from Robert and Renée Belfer and their son, Laurence, to advance the work of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

With the gift, the center will launch the Cyber Security Project, a major initiative to confront the growing challenge posed by cyber threats and other critical security challenges. Led by former Pentagon official Michael Sulmeyer, the project will support initiatives that draw on the talents of students and faculty at Harvard and beyond. The gift also will establish a New Initiatives Fund to ensure that the project’s teaching, research, and policy impact reflect the latest and best thinking about global security issues.

"The Belfer family's remarkable generosity ensures that the resources of the entire university can be brought to bear on this vital threat to global security," said Harvard president Drew Faust. "For more than forty years, the Belfer Center has served as an important hub for scholarship and teaching that has global impact. We are honored by the Belfers’ continued support for Harvard and share their determination to secure a more peaceful, prosperous world."