The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

“Game Change” Request for comments


I am posting the following at the request of someone associated with this effort at NITRD:

On May 19 the White House announced a new effort to enlist public involvement in defining new areas to "change the game" for cybersecurity. Three areas for research were proposed:

  1. Moving Target – Systems that move in multiple dimensions to disadvantage the attacker and increase resiliency.
  2. Tailored Trustworthy Spaces – Security tailored to the needs of a particular transaction rather than the other way around.
  3. Cyber Economic Incentives – A landscape of incentives that reward good cybersecurity and ensure crime doesn’t pay.

For the next few weeks (until June 18), the public is being invited to make comments. As readers of this blog tend to be well-informed about security issues and research needs, I'd like to encourage you to review the details of the research areas and add your thoughts to the discussion at As this effort will impact the Federal funding of research for FY2012 and beyond, adding your thoughts is not only beneficial to the government, but also beneficial to those of us in the research community to ensure that research topics are both useful and feasible.

As I've noted before I believe that referring to this as "game change" has the potential to create the wrong attitudes towards the problems. However, at least this isn't an attempt to solve everything in 60-90 days!


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