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Government The government has outlined its first steps for coordinating and expanding federal research and development efforts aimed at improving cybersecurity. The new Federal Plan for Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development, issued in April and now available online, lays the groundwork for developing an R&D agenda that will help address critical gaps in current technologies and capabilities.

The authors identify several technology trends that “make it likely that the security issues of the IT infrastructure will only intensify over the next decade.? Among these trends:

  • The increasing complexity of IT systems and networks;
  • The evolution of the telecommunications infrastructure, as telephone systems and IT networks converge into a more unified architecture;
  • The increased use of wireless technology, which increases vulnerability to attack;
  • The increasing interconnectivity and accessibility of computer systems critical to the U.S. economy, including supply chain management systems, financial-sector networks, and distributed control systems for factories and utilities; and
  • The increasingly global nature of the IT supply chain, which will increase the risk of subversion by foreign and domestic adversaries.

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