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Project Title:

Future Research Goals and Directions for Foundational Science in Cybersecurity
PIN: DEPS-CSTB-11-04        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS

RSO: Millett, Lynette

Subject/Focus Area: Computers and Information Technology; National Security and Defense

Project Scope
An ad hoc National Research Council committee will conduct a multi-phased sequential study to consider future research goals and directions for foundational science in cybersecurity, to include relevant efforts in economics and behavioral science as well as more "traditional" cybersecurity topics. It will also consider how investments in foundational work support mission needs in the long term. The committee will review current unclassified and classified cybersecurity research strategies, plans, and programs as well as requirements in both domains. It will consider major challenge problems, explore proposed new directions, identify gaps in the current portfolio, consider the complementary roles of research in unclassified and classified settings, and consider how foundational work in an unclassified setting can be translated to meet national security objectives. Phase 1 will involve preliminary data gathering and analysis by the committee but no report will be issued. In Phase 2, the committee will undertake additional data-gathering, analysis and deliberations. In Phase 3, the committee would extend its data-gathering and analysis from Phase 2. The study will result in two reports: (1) a public report at the conclusion of Phase 2 providing a high-level, roadmap for foundational cybersecurity research based only on public domain information and (2) an additional, brief public report and a non-public classified annex as necessary reflecting the committee's work in Phase 3.

The project is sponsored by the Special Cyber Operations Research and Engineering (SCORE) Interagency Working Group with assistance from the National Science Foundation and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Phase 1 start date is September 13, 2011.
Phase 2 start date is March 1, 2014.
Phase 3 start date is September 1, 2014.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 08/31/2012
 Meeting 2 - 10/30/2012
 Meeting 3 - 12/13/2012
 Meeting 4 - 12/18/2012
 Meeting 5 - 01/23/2013
 Meeting 6 - 02/13/2013
 Meeting 7 - 03/12/2013
 Meeting 8 - 09/29/2014
 Meeting 9 - 01/22/2015
 Meeting 10 - 05/17/2017


Reports having no URL can be seen
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Foundational Cybersecurity Research: Improving Science, Engineering, and Institutions
Additional Observations on Foundational Cybersecurity Research: Improving Science, Engineering, and Institutions: An Annex: Unclassified Abbreviated Version of a Classified Repor