The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate, lists 10 research and development (R&D) initiatives the government would support to secure information systems and networks. The bill would advance the development and deployment of secure versions of fundamental Internet protocols and architectures. A main goal is to improve technologies for detecting and analyzing attacks as well as improving mitigation and recovery methodologies.
The bill also would back the development of infrastructure and tools to support cybersecurity R&D efforts. The government wants to assist the development of technology to reduce vulnerabilities in process control systems, as well as understand human behavioral factors that can affect cybersecurity technology and practices. Public officials also hope to test, evaluate, and facilitate the transfer of technologies associated with the engineering of less vulnerable software.
Other research areas include assisting in the development of identity management and of technologies designed to increase the security of telecommunications networks. Finally, the government wants to advance the protection of privacy and civil liberties in cybersecurity technology and practices.
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