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5 Game-Changing Ideas For Federal Cyber R&d

By Government Computer News

September 19, 2011

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The Leap-Ahead R&D & Coordination program is one of 12 initiatives included in the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), which consists of several mutually reinforcing efforts to help secure the United States in cyberspace.

The Leap-Ahead initiative aims to develop strategies and programs to enhance the U.S. government's research and development (R&D) portfolio by involving public, private, and academic research communities to help solve difficult problems.

Leap-Ahead started by asking the research community for technical proposals of potential changes to the current cybersecurity industry, and the responses were synthesized and splint into five categories--digital provenance, moving-target defense, hardware-enabled trust, health-inspired network defense, and cybereconomics.

Digital provenance seeks to reduce the energy expended in discovering whether to trust digital objects for any intended purpose. The moving-target defense involves making systems more random, thereby decreasing their predictability and making them safer. Hardware-enabled trust would allow cybersecurity professionals to constantly monitor assets for changes in trustworthiness by embedding tamper-resistant roots of trust in the architecture. Health-inspired network defenses would allow network components to have a heightened ability to observe and record what is happening, and cybereconomics aims to make cybermalefactors take more risk at a lower rate of return.

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