Both US and International governments have been shifting their focus to the research and development of technology to protect critical cyber assets. At the recent AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, cyber security was one of the main topics covered by keynote speakers and exhibitors. We’ve compiled some of the latest endeavors taking place on behalf of governments and large companies in their R&D pursuit of cyber security excellence.
Domestic R&D From Washington D.C.
The Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense ReviewThe QDR has stressed the need to protect science, technology, research and development, specifically cyber capabilities. The three focus areas are protecting the homeland, building security globally, and project power and win decisively. The Cyber Mission Force implementing these agendas will focus on “new and expanded cyber capabilities and forces to enhance our ability to conduct cyberspace operations and support military operations.” The force will be fully operational by 2016. The investments include high performance engine technology, state-of-the-art tools and infrastructure, protecting engineering and technological know-how for next generation ground combat vehicle design, and protecting the missile industrial base. “Nearly any future conflict will occur on a much faster pace and on a more technically challenging battlefield.” - Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff US Budget Request Focuses on a High Tech Future US Military focused less on prolonged ground wars and more on fighting on a high-tech, contested battlefield. The Pentagon is protecting R&D money in its fiscal 2015 budget submission, and it will push for greater risk-taking and big bets. The Navy Department had a 9 percent increase of their RDT&E budget request, representing an increase of $1.3 billion. FY 2015 President's Budget Request Summary For NASA The FY 2015 budget makes efficient use of NASA's assets and also includes reinvigorated efforts to protect these assets, particularly from cyber threats. Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Joint Hearing The Oversight Subcommittee and the Research and Technology Subcommittee held a joint hearing to examine the current state of technology and standards to protect Americans from international cybercriminals. Witnesses discussed the evolution of cyber-attacks against U.S. computer networks and infrastructure from rogue hackers to sophisticated international crime syndicates and foreign nations such as Russia and China. “The cyber threat will pose the greatest threat to our country." - FBI Director Robert Mueller