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Federal Plan for Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development

Publication Type: Federal Plans

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Pages: 140

About: Powerful personal computers, high-bandwidth and wireless networking technologies, and the widespread use of the Internet have transformed stand-alone computing systems and predominantly closed networks into the virtually seamless fabric of today’s information technology (IT) infrastructure. This infrastructure provides for the processing, transmission, and storage of vast amounts of vital information used in virtually every facet of society, and it enables Federal agencies to routinely interact with each other as well as with industry, private citizens, state and local governments, and the governments of other nations. As the IT infrastructure has broadened to global scale, the volume of electronic information exchanged through what is popularly known as “cyberspace” has grown dramatically and new applications and services proliferate... This Federal Plan for Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development takes the first step toward developing that agenda. The Plan also responds to recent calls for improved Federal cyber security and information assurance R&D, as outlined in the following documents: the OSTP/OMB Memorandum on Administration FY 2007 R&D Budget Priorities; Cyber Security: A Crisis of Prioritization, the 2005 report of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC); the 2003 National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace; and the 2002 Cyber Security Research and Development Act (P.L. 107-305). Developed by the Cyber Security and Information Assurance Interagency Working Group (CSIA IWG), an organization under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), the Plan provides baseline information and a technical framework for coordinated multiagency R&D in cyber security and information assurance. Other areas – including policy making (e.g., legislation, regulation, funding, intellectual property, Internet governance), economic issues, IT workforce education and training, and operational IT security approaches and best practices – also have substantial roles to play in improving cyber security and information assurance. However, these subjects are outside the scope of the Plan, which addresses only the role of Federal R&D. Likewise, the Plan is not a budget document and thus does not include current or proposed agency spending levels for cyber security and information assurance R&D. Agencies determine their individual budget priorities according to their mission needs and requirements.

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