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Released in December of 2011 by the Executive Office of the President, the National Science and Technology Council provides direction in Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program.  I find understanding this document helps clarify how the “Technology Doctrine” flows down through the government into the Department of Defense and then into the U.S. Navy.

The objective of  Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program is “to express a vision for the research necessary to develop game-changing technologies that can neutralize the attacks on the cyber systems of today and lay the foundation for a scientific approach that better prepares the field to meet the challenges of securing the cyber systems of tomorrow.

Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development (R&D) Program Thrusts:

  1. Inducing Change
    • Designed-In Security
    • Tailored Trustworthy Spaces (with a Focus Area  of Wireless Mobile Networks)
    • Moving Target (with Focus Areas of Deep Understanding of Cyberspace and Nature-Inspired Solutions)
    • Cyber Economic Incentives – Research required to Explore models of cybersecurity investment and markets; develop data models, ontologies, and automatic means of sanitizing data or making data anonymous; define meaningful cybersecurity metrics and actuarial tables; improve the economic viability of assured software development methods; provide methods; to support personal data ownership; provide knowledge in support of laws, regulations, and international agreements.
  2. Developing Scientific Foundations
    • Organizes disparate areas of knowledge – Provides structure and organization to a broad-based body of knowledge in the form of testable models and predictions
    • Enables discovery of universal laws – Produces laws that express an understanding of basic, universal dynamics against which to test problems and formulate explanations
    • Applies the rigor of the scientific method – Approaches problems using a systematic methodology and discipline to formulate hypotheses, design and execute repeatable experiments, and collect and analyze data
  3. Maximizing Research Impact
    • Supporting National Priorities – Health IT, Smart Grid, Financial Services, National Defense, Transportation, Trusted Identities, Cybersecurity Education.
    • Engaging the Cybersecurity Research Community
  4. Accelerating Transition to Practice
    • Technology Discovery
    • Test and Evaluation
    • Transition, Adoption, and Commercialization

Executing the Federal Cybersecurity Research Program:

  1. Research Policies
    • Provide accurate, relevant, timely scientific and technical advice
    • ensure policies of Executive Branch are informed by sound science
    • ensure scientific and technical work of Executive Branch is coordinated to provide greatest benefit to society
  2. Research Coordination

    NITRD Structure for Cybersecurity R&D Coordination

  3. Research Execution (via Agencies)
    • DARPA
    • DHS S&T
    • DoE
    • IARPA
    • NIST
    • NSA
    • NSF
    • OSD
    • DoD Service research organizations

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I’ve watched this film. You can get it on Amazon, Hulu and probably Netflix as well but I happened across this preview for the actual theatrical preview, and it reminded me when I watched it a couple of years ago.

This film is about what should be done to make a dramatic change in the direction the planet is currently headed regarding its sustainability of human life. What is possible versus the extremely slow changes we are making with renewable energy and the elimination of fossil fuel use (vice our Nation simply getting off foreign oil).  One must also understand that it is acceptable to have used oil as we have.  The economics of our history, culture, and society make that acceptable.  But I feel and believe that we’ve reached a point in which we should focus true and wholehearted effort to shift away from its use as soon as practicable.

Some would say that we could have solved this problem in the 1970s when the oil embargo and fuel prices rose to unprecedented levels. While I don’t necessarily believe we could have solved this completely (mostly due to technology restrictions) I believe we could have invested better and placed ourselves in a preferable position than where we remain to date.

So rather than being in a position to have plenty of funding to invest in much of the endeavors that will inevitably be put forth in this film we have sent an extraordinary amount of our American dollar to another part of the globe in order to put limited funding into mass transit, allow our roads and bridges decay to collapse, and do significant damage to our air, water and land quality. At this point we have reached the deficit level where even programs, such as mass transit are facing significant funding challenges in areas like Pittsburgh.  This hampers wise transportation options but also severely affects the lower parts of the income spectrum.

While I have enjoyed the academic year in Pittsburgh the city faces strategic environmental challenges compounded by the economic issues of a city still very much recovering from the fall of its steel industry several decades ago.  Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) faces a city “Grand Challenge” in their water and sewer networks that must be improved to meed Federal minimum requirements.

Have you made it a habit to look at the environmental conditions where you are living?  How do you integrate sustainability into your life?

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