White House Reveals Cybersecurity R&D Plan

By: Absolute Team | 12/30/2011

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the "Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program" document earlier this month. The R&D plan is aimed at laying out a road map for the digital communications network in the US.

The R&D plan is a part of the "near-term action plan" of the Cybersecurity Policy Review. Its goal is to "enhance and focus our cybersecurity research and development efforts" with co-ordinated priorities and objectives.

The plan involves 4 strategic thrusts:

  1. Inducing change
  2. Developing scientific foundations
  3. Maximizing research impact
  4. Accelerating transition to practice

We've discussed before about whether or not the national cybersecurity plan has received the attention it needed. This new R&D plan is based on 7 years of examination of cybersecurity issues in both private and public sectors. While admirable to attempt to foster continuous research into cybersecurity, to stay on top of changes, it's as yet unclear how much will be executed and enforced.

If you read the full program, there are some great details on how the government plans to implement each thrust and I think some of the areas of research will be fantastic. Crossing my fingers that the government is able to close the gap between research and operations as they hope to do.

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