The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program's member agencies coordinate their NITRD research activities and plans by Program Component Areas (PCAs) or program focus areas. For each PCA, agency representatives meet in an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to exchange information and collaborate on research plans and activities such as testbeds, workshops, and cooperative solicitations.
Cyber Security and Information Assurance Interagency Working Group (CSIA IWG) coordinates the activities of the CSIA Program Component Area.
CSIA agencies focus on research and development to prevent, resist, detect, respond to, and/or recover from actions that compromise or threaten to compromise the availability, integrity, or confidentiality of computer- and network-based systems. These systems provide both the basic infrastructure and advanced communications in every sector of the economy, including critical infrastructures such as power grids, emergency communications systems, financial systems, and air-traffic-control networks. These systems also support national defense, national and homeland security, and other vital Federal missions, and themselves constitute critical elements of the IT infrastructure. Broad areas of concern include Internet and network security; confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information and computer-based systems; new approaches to achieving hardware and software security; testing and assessment of computer-based systems security; and reconstitution and recovery of computer-based systems and data... more
In January 2008, the President initiated the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. Based on this directive, the CSIA R&D Senior Steering Group was established to provide a responsive and robust conduit for cybersecurity R&D information across the policy, fiscal, and research levels of the Government. The SSG is composed of senior representatives of agencies with national cybersecurity leadership positions, including: DoD, ODNI, DHS, NSA, NSF, NIST, OSTP, and OMB. A principal responsibility of the SSG is to define, coordinate, and recommend strategic Federal R&D objectives in cybersecurity, and to communicate research needs and proposed budget priorities to policy makers and budget officials... more
The Journal of Sensitive Cyber Research and Engineering (JSCoRE) is an initiative of the Federal Special Cyber Operations Research and Engineering (SCORE) Interagency Working Group which coordinates research activities related to national security systems...more
At the request of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development Senior Steering Group (CSIA R&D SSG) will lead the development of a National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS). The NPRS will establish objectives and prioritization guidance for Federally-funded privacy research, provide a framework for coordinating R&D in privacy-enhancing technologies, and encourage multi-disciplinary research that recognizes the responsibilities of the Government, the needs of society, and enhances opportunities for innovation in the digital realm...more
In 2011, Federal agencies released “Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program”, a strategic plan for cybersecurity research and development.
The strategic plan provides a framework for prioritizing Federal 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... more