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On Wednesday, February 18—one week after President Obama ordered a review of national cyber security initiatives—Dartmouth’s Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) delivered a report on research and development challenges in cyber security to U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins, Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (see Senate Committee press release)
The report reflects the opinions of a select group of executives, government officials and researchers who participated in a series of I3P forums co-chaired by Senators Lieberman and Collins last fall in Washington, D.C.
Titled National Cyber Security Research and Development Challenge: an Industry, Academic and Government Perspective, the forum narrative includes a set of recommendations for advancing research in cyber security that can be implemented in the next five to 10 years. The report recognizes four areas of need that emerged during the forum: 1.) A coordinated and collaborative approach is needed. 2.) Metrics and assessment tools must be developed. 3.) An effective legal and policy framework for security must be created. 4.) The human dimension of security must be addressed.
“With the help of Senators Lieberman and Collins, we were able to bring together a large group of cyber experts, and to focus the conversation on the large cyber security R&D challenge of strengthening the nation’s digital infrastructure,” says Martha Austin, Executive Director of the I3P at Dartmouth College.
Although the effort delineated in the I3P report requires a concerted and committed effort by the private and public sectors, the federal government will manage and oversee many of the report’s recommendations.
“Many hours of dialogue inform this report,” says M. Eric Johnson, a Professor at the Tuck School of Business and economics forum moderator, “which not only captures the collective expertise of those present but conveys an intensity and urgency befitting the topic. We hope the information it contains will help guide the Administration as it carries out its commitment to improving cyber security.”
-by LAURIE BURNHAM
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