By Alice Lipowicz
May 21, 2007
The Homeland Security Department is initiating an ambitious Cyber
Security Research Development Center program that entails soliciting
input from industry, government labs and academia on how to protect data
against the latest threats and intrusions.
The Science and Technology Directorate published a 43-page agency
announcement  seeking white papers on topics such as botnet and
malware protection, composable and scaleable systems, cybermetrics, data
visualization, routing security, process control security, real-time
assessment, data anonymization, and insider threat detection and
White papers on technologies to address the threats and strengthen
protections are due June 27. Final proposals will be due Sept. 17.
The directorate will award up to $4.5 million for research related to
technologies proposing solutions in nine topic areas.
A critical area of focus for DHS is the development and deployment of
technologies to protect the nations cyberinfrastructure, including the
Internet and other critical infrastructures that depend on computer
systems for their mission, the announcement states. The goals of the
program are to assist in cybersecurity research, develop technologies
and transfer those technologies to the nations critical infrastructure
in an urgent fashion.
The technologies can be mature, a prototype or new, and eligible parties
include academic and government research labs, individuals and corporate
research entities. The department expects offerers to test and prove the
effectiveness of their proposed technologies.
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