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Dhs Sketches the Tech Future

By Federal Computer Week

October 30, 2014

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Reginald Brothers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undersecretary for science and technology, recently unveiled the long-term agenda for DHS' research and development arm.

The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate calls for developing a self-detecting, self-protecting, and self-healing cybersecurity infrastructure that works in the background. "Users will trust that information is protected, illegal use is deterred, and privacy is not compromised," Brothers says.

DHS also wants to dedicate resources toward developing predictive analytics, risk analysis, and modeling-and-simulation systems to help with critical and proactive decision-making. "Even in the face of uncertain environments involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents, accurate, credible, and context-based information will empower the aware decision-maker to take instant actions to improve critical outcomes," Brothers says.

Another goal is to provide first responders with networked threat detection and mitigation capabilities. In addition, S&T wants to provide airports with faster security technologies, and develop unobtrusive technology that can move people, baggage, and cargo more fluidly.

"As the primary research and development arm of DHS, S&T needs to look ahead--20 to 30 years out--to determine where we should be dedicating our research and development resources now," Brothers says. He notes DHS consulted with stakeholders in government, academia, and the private sector to develop the 30-year plan.

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