The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has filed a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on the 2023 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan. The plan must be updated every four years to comply with the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014. The RFI includes seven questions to consider when providing input. Comments will be accepted through March 3, 2023.
- It’s good that NSF is seeking public comment on the 2023 Cybersecurity R&D plan. The seven questions posed in the request for information are both reasonable and balanced. That said, and while the RFI is not the right vehicle, NSF should also publish its scorecard on performance against the 2019 plan. What has been the impact over the previous four years from taxpayer investment in cybersecurity R&D?
- The plan is looking at current topics and will be used to drive/fund cyber security research and education as well as the development of consensus-based standards; including six priority areas: artificial intelligence, quantum information science, trustworthy distributed digital infrastructure, privacy, secure hardware and software as well as education and workforce development.
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