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White House: Emerging technologies will need security too

The National Science and Technology Council has released the final version of its Federal Plan for Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development. The council coordinates science and technology research across federal agencies. This document recommends a number of areas of research that agencies should consider funding, the results of which could strengthen the U.S. network infrastructure against attacks and catastrophes.

Many of the recommendations strike familiar chords: The report urges for greater inter-agency collaboration, as well as more partnering with private industry and, of course, it urges researchers to look for ways to incorporate security into their initial designs.

Surprisingly though, the report actually points towards some now-emerging technologies that will need to have security baked in'-such as autonomic computing, optical computing, quantum computing and pervasive embedded computing.

Certainly, optical computing is a ways off, if it ever arrives (unlike electrons, photons don't repel one another, so they would be difficult to compute with, so experts have told us). Quantum computing is not that much further along, though researchers are making strides. Pervasive computing is nearly upon us.

Sadly, the report doesn't delve into details of security implications of all those particular technologies, other than to mention their existence, but it does make the point that it is never too early to start thinking about their security implications. Certainly when a new technical gewgaw hits the streets, the vulnerabilities it introduces are the last things on most people's minds. Maybe that mindset needs to be corrected at the research level as well.

'Posted by Joab Jackson

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Jun 01, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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