One might think that, since the dawn of the network firewall and intrusion detection systems in the 1980s, the tech industry would have a handle on the technologies necessary to adequately secure networks, applications, data, and people. Looking at the state of security and endless data breach story headlines, however, and it’s safe to assume there’s plenty of progress to be made.
The National Science Foundation certainly thinks more can be done to improve the tools available to organizations to protect themselves. Last week the NSF announced $74.5 million in funding targeted at foundational cybersecurity research and education to help meet the ongoing challenge.
The multi-million dollar investment is through the NSF’s Security and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. The SaTC works in alignment with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan and the National Privacy Research Strategy to enable security and privacy online.
“The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program is poised to strengthen our nation’s competitive edge through safer and more secure cyber systems, and to develop the knowledge base that will lead to a well-trained cyber workforce,” said Jim Kurose, NSF assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).
More on the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan can be found here.
In all, the NSF is issuing 214 awards to researchers so that they can afford to pursue research in core security disciplines like access control and identity management, cryptography, intrusion detection, human interaction and usability, and network topology.
Among the awards recently announced, are three projects with budgets up to $3 million:
- Viaduct: A Framework for Automatically Synthesizing Cryptographic Protocols, Andrew Myers, Cornell University. This project will explore how to bridge the gap between the security goals of software developers and the lower-level functionality for end users offered by hardware and cryptography protocols.
- Accountable Information Use: Privacy and Fairness in Decision-Making Systems, Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon University. This project is investigating how to ensure data privacy and fairness in automated systems that determine decisions and actions that affect people’s lives.
- Investigating the Susceptibility of the Internet Topology to Country-level Connectivity Disruption and Manipulation, Amogh Dhamdhere, University of California, San Diego. This project is developing methodologies to identify potential weaknesses in the topology of the internet infrastructure, and to quantify the potential impact if attackers were to compromise these critical elements.
According to the NSF news announcement, other awards included efforts focused on the cybersecurity workforce, including pilot programs for new instructional materials and professional development for teachers.
Organizations can certainly use all the security help that can be mustered – and it can’t get here soon enough.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Cybersecurity Matters – DXC Blogs authored by Cybersecurity Matters. Read the original post at: https://blogs.dxc.technology/2017/11/09/national-science-foundation-funds-additional-cybersecurity-research/