Federal Agencies Seek Comments on Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
May 11, 2015

Federal agencies involved in the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program seek public input on the priorities and objectives to be included in a cybersecurity research and development strategic plan. Called for by Congress in the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, the strategic plan will guide the direction of both basic and applied cybersecurity research.

Commentators are encouraged to provide input on the following:

  1. What research goals, for both basic and applied research, could serve as guidance for a federally-funded, multi-agency portfolio of research and development activities?
  2. What innovative, transformational technologies have the potential to enhance the security, reliability, resiliency, and trustworthiness of the digital infrastructure, and to protect consumer privacy?
  3. How the Federal government can foster the rapid transfer of research and development results into new cybersecurity technologies and applications for the timely benefit of society and the national interest?
  4. How can the current research infrastructure for creating, testing, and evaluating the next generation of secure networking and information technology systems be improved? How can access by academic researchers to this infrastructure and related data be improved?

Comments are due by June 19.