The growth of myriad cyber-threats continues to accelerate, yet the stream of new and effective cyber-defense technologies has grown much more slowly. The gap between threat and defense has widened, as our adversaries deploy increasingly sophisticated attack technology and engage in cyber-crime with unprecedented power, resources, and global reach. We are in an escalating asymmetric cyber environment that calls for immediate action. The extension of cyber-attacks into the socio-techno realm and the use of cyber as an information influence and disinformation vector will continue to undermine our confidence in systems. The unknown is a growing threat in our cyber information systems.
Nonetheless, while the dark side is daunting, emerging research, development, and education across interdisciplinary topics addressing cybersecurity and privacy are yielding promising results. The shift from R&D on siloed add-on security, to new fundamental research that is interdisciplinary, and positions privacy, security, and trustworthiness as principal defining objectives, offer opportunities to achieve a shift in the asymmetric playing field.
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