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By Elizabeth Montalbano
February 1, 2011
Insider threats, botnets and malware, and research to support the
Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative (CNCI) are among areas of
cybersecurity investment the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will
make in fiscal year 2011.
The DHS Science and Technology Homeland Security Advanced Research
Projects Agency (HSARPA) is seeking proposals on 14 areas of
cybersecurity research it plans to focus on this year, five of which
will contribute to the CNCI, a series of efforts to provide front-line
defense against cybersecurity threats, according to a Broad Agency
Announcement posted on FedBizOpps.gov. The total value of the
acquisition is $40 million.
The DHS has been investing in cybersecurity for a couple of years
through HSARPA, and this year shows the agency focusing on both
traditional methods of security such as software assurance,
enterprise-level security metrics, and network resiliency, as well as
more forward-thinking areas of exploration such as making security more
user-friendly to worker productivity and network
Topics also include areas that became critical security concerns for the
government last year, such as insider threats -- highlighted by the
Wikileaks scandal -- and creating modeling and analysis capabilities to
predict the effects of cyberattacks such as botnets and malware on
federal government and other critical infrastructure, interest in which
intensified after the discovery of last year's Stuxnet worm.
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