Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program defines a set of interrelated priorities for the agencies of the U.S. government that conduct or sponsor research and development (R&D) in cybersecurity.
The priorities are organized into four thrusts: Inducing Change, Developing Scientific Foundations, Maximizing Research Impact, and Accelerating Transition to Practice. The thrusts provide a framework for prioritizing cybersecurity R&D in a way that concentrates research efforts on limiting current cyberspace deficiencies, precluding future problems, and expediting the infusion of research accomplishments into the marketplace. The principal objectives of the thrusts include achieving greater cyberspace resiliency,improving attack prevention, developing new defenses,and enhancing our capabilities to design software that is resistant to attacks.
The Inducing Change thrust includes a new priority theme named Designed-in Security, together with the existing themes of Tailored Trustworthy Spaces, Moving Target, and Cyber Economic Incentives. The Designed-in Security theme focuses on developing capabilities to design and evolve high-assurance systems resistant to cyber attacks, whose assurance properties can be verified. Such development capabilities offer the path to dramatic increases in the security and safety of software systems.
Explicit in the execution of this plan is the coordination process across government agencies through the Federal Networking and Information Technology R&D (NITRD) Program and the leadership function of the NITRD Cyber Security and Information Assurance Interagency Working Group (CSIA IWG), the Federal government’s principal group for coordinating cybersecurity R&D activities. In conjunction with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the NITRD Senior Steering Group for Cybersecurity R&D, and the Special Cyber Operations Research and Engineering (SCORE) Interagency Working Group, the CSIA IWG assures that the execution of this plan by individual Federal research agencies is coordinated, cohesive, and complementary.