Promote, Accelerate, and Launch Innovations in Security, Aerospace, and DEfense Sectors (PALISADES*) is the USC Viterbi initiative to link the communities supporting innovation and defense. We have particular specialties in cybersecurity. Our programs include:

We host specialized showcases such as The Real Deal @USC for these communities and nurture a separate mentor network. For more information, email us at

*A palisade is a defensive fence or a line of cliffs