Government Sponsored Research: A Major Enabler for Cyber Security Technology Transfer


The following speakers have been confirmed:

Kathy Bogner, DNI
Jeremy Epstein, NSF
Angelos Keromytis, DARPA (workshop chair)
Sukarno Mertoguno, ONR
Konrad Vesey, IARPA
Cliff Wang, ARO

Cybersecurity is recognized as one of the top threats to National Security in the coming decade. To maintain the economic and political security of the nation, trust and cybersecurity research is a priority in the federal budget. Significant efforts are being made to expeditiously transition cyber research deliverables to protect national assets.

Yet, only too often do we find a disconnect between the work pursued by the research community and the work performed by industry. On the one hand, academic research (sometimes justifiably) risks a certain detachment from ongoing existing threats. On the other hand, even when academic research is of extreme practical relevance, it is doomed by the lack of appropriate accelerated technology transfer mechanisms.

Government agencies can play a unique fundamental role in shaping this process from inception to its fruition in the defense of our nation. In this panel, composed of both academic and government participants, we will explore:

  1. The top 5 cyber threats to national security in the coming decade.
  2. The top 5 technology areas where funding and research is critical to national security in the coming decade.
  3. How are the current funding opportunities aligned with (1) and (2) and future plans within the government to better interact and provide incentives for the research community.
  4. How the government can help streamline cybersecurity technology transfer in the commercial and the government space.
  5. Cybersecurity strengths and opportunities in the greater NY area, given the significant new investments at the local and state level, including multiple new university campuses including the Stony Brook University's National Security Institute, Columbia's IDSE Cybersecurity Center, NYU/Poly, and Cornell Tech.