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[ISN] DHS seeks research on nine cybersecurity areas


By Alice Lipowicz
May 21, 2007

The Homeland Security Department is initiating an ambitious Cyber 
Security Research Development Center program that entails soliciting 
input from industry, government labs and academia on how to protect data 
against the latest threats and intrusions.

The Science and Technology Directorate published a 43-page agency 
announcement [1] seeking white papers on topics such as botnet and 
malware protection, composable and scaleable systems, cybermetrics, data 
visualization, routing security, process control security, real-time 
assessment, data anonymization, and insider threat detection and 

White papers on technologies to address the threats and strengthen 
protections are due June 27. Final proposals will be due Sept. 17.

The directorate will award up to $4.5 million for research related to 
technologies proposing solutions in nine topic areas.

A critical area of focus for DHS is the development and deployment of 
technologies to protect the nations cyberinfrastructure, including the 
Internet and other critical infrastructures that depend on computer 
systems for their mission, the announcement states. The goals of the 
program are to assist in cybersecurity research, develop technologies 
and transfer those technologies to the nations critical infrastructure 
in an urgent fashion.

The technologies can be mature, a prototype or new, and eligible parties 
include academic and government research labs, individuals and corporate 
research entities. The department expects offerers to test and prove the 
effectiveness of their proposed technologies.

[1] http://www.fbo.gov/spg/DHS/OCPO/DHS-OCPO/BAA07%2D09/Attachments.html

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