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DHS to Invest $40 Million on Cybersecurity Research

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Three screens feed information that could be related to cyber threats to a cybersecurity analyst at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Credit: J. Nicholas Hoover / Information Week

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will invest $40 million on cybersecurity research areas in fiscal 2011 in support of the Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative (CNCI). The DHS Science and Technology Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is soliciting proposals on 14 research areas it plans to concentrate on this year, of which five will contribute to the CNCI.

"The vision of the CNCI research community over the next 10 years is to 'transform the cyberinfrastructure to be resistant to attack so that critical national interests are protected from catastrophic damage and our society can confidently adopt new technological advances,'" HSARPA says in its request for proposals. "The only long-term solution to the vulnerabilities of today's networking and information technologies is to ensure that future generations of these technologies are designed with security built in from the ground up."

Traditional security techniques such as software assurance, enterprise-level security metrics, and network resiliency will be an area of focus for HSARPA this year, as will more forward-thinking exploratory areas such as increasing the user-friendliness of security to worker productivity, network mapping, and measurement.

From Information Week
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