The National Science Foundation will invest $74.5 million into “foundational research and education” in cybersecurity, the agency announced this week. The investment will come through the NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program, a federal research effort aimed to promote successful cybersecurity research and development.
NSF issued 214 awards to researchers in areas including access control and identity management, cryptography, intrusion detection, human interaction and usability and network topology.
Three particular projects top the list with budgets ranging from $1.4 million to $3 million each over five years:
- Viaduct: A Framework for Automatically Synthesizing Cryptographic Protocols, Andrew Myers, Cornell University
- Accountable Information Use: Privacy and Fairness in Decision-Making Systems, Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon University
- Investigating the Susceptibility of the Internet Topology to Country-level Connectivity Disruption and Manipulation, Amogh Dhamdhere, University of California, San Diego
“The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program is poised to strengthen our nation’s competitive edge through safer and more secure cyber systems, and to develop the knowledge base that will lead to a well-trained cyber workforce,” Jim Kurose, NSF’s assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, said in a statement.
There’s also awards for research on the cybersecurity workforce “including pilot programs for new instructional materials and professional development for teachers,” according to a statement from the agency.