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'I3P' issues 2003 cyber-security agenda

Posted 02/05/03, by Susan Knapp

Consortium identifies national research and development gaps

On Jan. 30, the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) released its 2003 Cyber Security Research and Development Agenda identifying critical areas requiring significant research and development to help secure the nation's information infrastructure and reduce vulnerabilities. The I3P is a consortium of 23 cyber-security research institutions, drawn from academia, national labs and nonprofit organizations. Dartmouth's Institute for Security Technology Studies founded and manages the I3P, and Michael Vatis, Director of ISTS, chairs the consortium.

The I3P released the agenda in Washington, D.C., and speakers at the event included Richard A. Clarke, Chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board; Catherine A. Allen, CEO of BITS, Financial Services Roundtable; Robert W. Holleyman II, President and CEO of the Business Software Alliance; and Harris Miller, President of the Information Technology Association of America. Also speaking were eight consortium members, each covering one of the R&D areas outlined in the agenda.

The agenda identifies eight crucial research and development gaps: areas that are critical to ensuring cyber security and that the consortium believes are not being adequately addressed by ongoing government, private sector or academic research.

"The security of the information infrastructure is vital to our national security and our economy," said Vatis. "Unfortunately, we know our information infrastructure is vulnerable. This agenda will help policy makers and researchers in academia, government and industry decide where to focus our nation's tremendous research capabilities. Addressing these research and development needs will help secure the information infrastructure and protect the nation from cyber attacks."

The agenda reflects the input of more than 900 experts and security professionals gathered over nine months during 2002 from the private sector, academia and government. The I3P obtained the input through critical infrastructure sector workshops, surveys of security professionals, meetings of researchers focused on cross-cutting issues, interviews of noted experts, and the combined expertise and experience of the 23 consortium members. The agenda builds on the work of other research, industry and government organizations that have focused on cyber-security issues and developed research roadmaps. By identifying the most significant gaps, the agenda illuminates specific critical areas for R&D.

The agenda with all of the supporting material can be found at www.thei3p.org. The I3P intends to periodically update the agenda by continuing to examine the state of cyber security and adjusting R&D priorities where appropriate.

- Susan Knapp

For More Information

Learn more about the R&D gaps identified by the I3P

About the I3P

The Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) is a consortium of 23 leading cyber security research organizations from academia, national labs and nonprofit institutions. The mission of the I3P is to help protect the information infrastructure of the United States by developing a cyber-security research and development agenda; fostering collaboration and cooperation among academia, industry and government; and funding high-leverage research to meet crucial challenges. The I3P is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. More information can be found at www.theI3P.org.

The members of the I3P are:

  • Center for Information Security at the University of Tulsa
  • Computer Security Laboratory at the University of California, Davis
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Project — National Center for Technology and Law at George Mason University School of Law
  • Georgia Tech Information Security Center
  • H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Information Security Laboratory at Oregon State University
  • Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems at New York University
  • Institute for Security Technology Studies at Dartmouth College
  • Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • Mitretek Systems
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • The RAND Corporation
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
  • SRI International
  • Stanford University Computer Science Department
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Virginia

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