Research Community

DETERLab has fostered an open, expanding research community that gathers cybersecurity scientists and organizations worldwide. These experimenters use DETERLab and then provide input back to the DETER Project, helping us create new tools and features. In fact, the first wave of research users of DETERLab made significant contributions to its initial set of tools.

The numerous publications by the DETERLab community indicate the variety and scope of its members and the research they have produced.


Collaboration with other research infrastructure projects is a key part of the DETER Project mission, allowing us to improve the DETERLab facility for our experimenter community, and to develop new scientific experimentation techniques. If you are interested in collaborating with DETER, please read Collaborating with DETER to learn specific ways you can contribute.

Community Scope

Pie chart of research projects that use DETERLab
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Since its inception, the DETER research community has expanded and matured in scope, breadth and depth:

  • Over 350 projects spanning 46 countries and 203 locations have used DETERLab for their scientific work.
  • Across these projects, over 900 research team members have used DETERLab.
  • Over 270 papers have been published by DETERLab researchers, on topics ranging from malware analysis to botnets to smartgrid security analysis.
  • Educational use has included over 190 classes and over 13,000 students who have used DETERLab for hands-on learning about cyber-security technology.
  • Our range of cybersecurity scientific work now covers several areas that include not only core cybersecurity areas – such as DDoS defense, intrusion detection, and network defense for critical infrastructure control systems – but also new or cross-disciplinary research areas such as control-plane network security, provenance of network trace datasets, anonymity network robustness, and routing security and multicast security for smart power grids.