NSF opens doors to funding the statistics of cyberspace

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 13 February 2015
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences has announced that they wish to fund research covering the statistics and mathematics of cyberspace and cybersecurity. They encourage both communities to participate in this research, that is a priority area for many nations as per the wishes of governments.

Mathematics has, of course, played its part in computer security, 'first in the design of computers and the background for network communications, and then in pioneering the field of modern cryptography, both in terms of designing and implementing cryptographic schemes and also in terms of defeating cryptographic schemes. Although the area of cryptography is still one of considerable interest and importance, mathematical challenges have arisen in many other areas as well. Similarly, statistics plays a new, vital role in many aspects of security, for example, in event detection and in determining sources of vulnerabilities.

Current cybersecurity challenges call for a fresh look at the subject from the viewpoint of the mathematical sciences. Questions surrounding securing information networks against hostile intrusion and ensuring individual privacy in anonymized data sets present important challenges for the mathematical sciences.' (NSF press release, December 2014).

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The main NSF program supporting this research is the cross-disciplinary program Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC). The SaTC program invites proposals for research that 'pursues innovative, potentially transformative approaches to fundamental challenges in cybersecurity and privacy matters, including but not limited to data security, privacy, massive data mining, social networks, designed-in security, cyber economics, and identification and prediction of vulnerabilities. The SaTC program aims to support research that explores the extent to which cyberspace and its vulnerabilities can be modeled, measured, and simulated.'

These proposals can be from individuals or a group of collaborators. Proposals are also welcome for workshops and conferences to engage and broaden the communities in the interest of statistical and mathematical research in cyberspace.

Further information can be found here.

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