& D Exchange
The President’s National Security
Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) conducts periodic
research and development exchanges. These sessions are invaluable
for the exchange of information between industry, Government, and
academia alike, and recommendations raised during these exchanges
help shape the National security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP)
agenda. The NSTAC actively promotes the exchange of ideas among
representatives from industry, Government, and academia through
these R&D exchanges.
NSTAC has sponsored eight R&D exchanges
over the past 14 years. The first exchange was actually two separate
events intended to provide a forum for industry and Government officials
to share their unique perspectives on R&D issues. In the first
session, government representatives presented their views on security
technology R&D issues. In 1996, the second exchange facilitated
a discussion of network security problems affecting national security
and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) telecommunications, identified
R&D programs in progress to address those problems, and identified
future security technology R&D needs. Four broad security topics
were discussed: authentication, intrusion detection, integrity,
and access control.
Held in October 1998, the third exchange,
held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in conjunction
with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), encouraged
participants to discuss collaborative approaches to security technology
R&D. The fourth exchange, held in September 2000 at the University
of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma) in conjunction with OSTP and the National
Institute of Standards and Technology, focused on the need to develop
best practices, standards, and protection profiles to enhance the
security of the Next Generation Network (NGN).
NSTAC conducted its fifth R&D Exchange
-- held March 13 and 14, 2002 -- at the Georgia Tech Information
Security Center (GTISC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology,
in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme involved "Issues to Ensure Trustworthiness
in Telecommunications" and "Information Systems that Directly
or Indirectly Impact National Security and Emergency Preparedness
(NS/EP)." From October 28-29, 2004, the NSTAC held its sixth
R&D Exchange in Monterey, California. This exchange continued
to support the NSTAC goal of partnering of Government, industry,
and academic resources, to support NS/EP telecommunications research.
The seventh R&D Exchange Workshop
was the first in the series to be held outside the United States.
The two-day exchange occurred September 21-22, 2006 in Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada under the theme of International Collaboration on Cyber Security
Research and Development. The 2006 RDX Workshop addressed the need
for multilateral collaboration between key governments, industry,
and academia to enhance security on the network. Specifically, international
stakeholders from these three sectors were invited to explore and
prioritize issues associated with international collaboration on
cyber security research and development.
The eighth and most recent R&D Exchange
Workshop was held in at Motorola’s Corporate Offices in Schaumburg,
Illinois, September 25-26, 2008. The conference theme was Evolving
National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications in a
Global Environment. Today’s communications networks, information
systems, and threat environments have evolved dramatically, resulting
in significant impacts to national security and emergency preparedness
(NS/EP) communications. The 2008 RDX Workshop addressed the need
to analyze the evolving environment for NS/EP communications. As
communications technologies continue to converge and new types of
technologies emerge, the landscape for NS/EP communications faces
evolving challenges that may have global impacts.
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