By J. Nicholas Hoover
May 13, 2010
The federal government is developing a cybersecurity research and
development agenda that would focus on three priorities that could lead
to "game-changing" technologies to improve the "trustworthiness of
cyberspace," the National Science Foundation announced in a Federal
Register notice Thursday.
NSF is working through the inter-agency Networking and Information
Technology Research and Development Program with the Department of
Homeland Security, the White House's Office of Science and Technology
Policy, and others to lay out a strategy that would see the government
invest in research on economic incentives for cybersecurity, the
development of "trustworthy spaces" online, and ways of managing the
network in such a way to make work chaotic for would-be attackers.
NITRD will be detailing the research more thoroughly in an event in
Berkeley, Calif., on May 19, and will follow that event up with the
establishment of an online forum, the Cybersecurity R&D Kickoff Forum,
which will allow public comment on the plans.
The government will be looking for ideas on how to refine or enhance its
research themes, the challenges each theme presents, any associated use
cases or state-of-the-art activities, and how and whether the private
sector should be involved.
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