LATEST NEWS -> ALL NEWS RELEASES

Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs

September 30, 2019

View Full Text: WSRD-Spectrum-Security-WorkshopSummary-2019.pdf

Communications over the wireless medium pose security threats that are yet to be fully understood. It is currently possible for attackers that are within the wireless range to hijack or intercept an unprotected connection without being detected. With the advent of sophisticated cognitive radios and wireless devices, and applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), drones, small satellites, driverless cars, and wireless healthcare devices, security threats to wireless mobile communications systems are rapidly increasing. As 5G, low-power wide area networks, and other emerging systems are deployed, innovative protective technologies and policies are needed.

The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program’s Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Interagency Working Group (IWG), which is co-chaired by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), held a workshop, Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs, on September 13, 2018, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the workshop was to share insights and build relationships across Federal agencies and between the public, private, and academic sectors on the topic of wireless mobile device security. The 35 workshop participants represented a balanced cross-section of stakeholders involved in, or impacted by, this area of research.

View Full Text: WSRD-Spectrum-Security-WorkshopSummary-2019.pdf


Supplement to the President's FY2020 Budget

September 10, 2019

Supplement to the President's FY2020 Budget

View Full Text: FY2020-NITRD-Supplement.pdf

Information technologies (IT) - including networking, computing, and software - comprise the most broadly transformative suite of technologies ever invented. American innovations in these fields since the late 1960s have led the world into a new technological era and opened countless practical capabilities and opportunities on which the security and prosperity of the United States today depend. Also vital to the Nation’s prosperity and security are IT advancements that mitigate potential risks posed by adversarial breaches of the country’s increasingly interwoven IT-based operations.

As IT capabilities and applications began to advance vigorously in the 1980s, the U.S. Congress recognized the urgency of coordinating federally funded networking and information technology research and development (R&D) to effectively channel public investments in these technologies. Congress established the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program in the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 and has reauthorized it three times, most recently in 2017 by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The NITRD Program’s charge is to help coordinate R&D by Federal agencies to efficiently identify, develop, and transition into practical use the advanced networking and IT capabilities needed by the Federal Government and the Nation.

The NITRD Program currently coordinates the IT R&D activities of 24 Federal agency members and over 45 other participating agencies with program interests and activities in IT R&D. The Program is managed by the NITRD Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science and Technology Enterprise, with day-to-day support from its National Coordination Office (NCO). As required by legislation, NITRD and NCO must annually compile and send to Congress a Supplement to the President’s Budget that provides the NITRD-relevant R&D budgets requested by member agencies and that details key agency R&D programs and coordination activities.

The President and Congress continue to recognize the seminal value to the security and prosperity of the United States of leading the world in IT innovations and applications. The FY2020 NITRD R&D Budget focuses on R&D investment and coordination in pivotal IT-related technologies that support the leading industries of the future - a core science and technology (S&T) investment focus of the Administration. It defines these industries of the future and their associated technologies as artificial intelligence (AI), advanced manufacturing, quantum information science (QIS), and fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications. All of these have significant IT components that relate directly to the NITRD Program’s R&D coordination mission. American success in these trailblazing fields will rely on both basic and applications-driven research; ongoing support for the R&D infrastructure; public-private R&D partnerships (PPPs) across the U.S. innovation ecosystem; and effective education of the American public and workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

NITRD Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) and their participating agencies’ Program Component Area (PCA) investments work directly and indirectly to support the Administration’s priority to advance IT technologies into practical use in the cutting-edge industries of the future.

In response to Executive Order 13859, "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence," and in support of The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan: 2019 Update, this NITRD Budget Supplement reports for the first time a summary of Federal investments in AI (except for DoD and DARPA investment levels, which were not available). Since artificial intelligence as a topic intersects with multiple PCAs, NITRD worked with the Federal agencies to establish a new process for accurately accounting for these AI investments. The FY2020 request sets a baseline going forward for reporting and tracking AI R&D investments, consistent with the AI Executive Order…

View Full Text: FY2020-NITRD-Supplement.pdf


FY2020 Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan Implementation Roadmap

September 10, 2019

FY2020 Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan Implementation Roadmap

View Full Text: FY2020-Cybersecurity-RD-Roadmap.pdf

This document provides FY2020 implementation details for the 2016 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan, developed by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program’s Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) Interagency Working Group (IWG). This Strategic Plan Implementation Roadmap is provided per statutory requirement for public provision of this information pursuant to the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, Public Law 113-274, Section 201(a)(2)(D), Implementation Roadmap, and under direction from the NITRD Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Science and Technology Enterprise. This document accompanies the NITRD Supplement to the President’s FY2020 Budget.

Agencies participating in the CSIA IWG report their research and development (R&D) programs in the Cyber Security and Privacy Program Component Area in alignment with the research objectives of the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan. The four strategic defensive elements of the strategic plan consist of Deter, Protect, Detect, and Adapt, as defined below:

  • Deter: The ability to efficiently discourage malicious cyber activities by measuring and increasing the costs to adversaries who carry out such activities, diminishing their spoils, and increasing risks and uncertainty of consequences for cyber attacks.
  • Protect: The ability of components, systems, users, and critical infrastructure to efficiently resist malicious cyber activities and to ensure confidentiality, integrity, availability, and accountability.
  • Detect: The ability to efficiently detect, and even anticipate, adversary decisions and activities, given that perfect security is not possible and systems should be assumed to be vulnerable to malicious cyber activities.
  • Adapt: The ability of defenders, defenses, and infrastructure to dynamically adapt to malicious cyber activities by efficiently reacting to disruption, recovering from damage, maintaining operations while completing restoration, and adjusting to be able to thwart similar future activity.

The FY2020 Implementation Roadmap, which accompanies the NITRD Supplement to the President’s FY2020 Budget, maps the Federal agency programs across these four areas.

View Full Text: FY2020-Cybersecurity-RD-Roadmap.pdf

To learn more about the Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) Interagency Working Group (IWG) please visit CSIA IWG home page