DARPA to increase cyber security research by 50 percent

November 8, 2011
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Over the next five years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is set to increase its budget for cyber security research by 50 percent, said the agency’s director.

In a Nov. 7 speech at a DARPA cyber security colloquium, agency Director Regina Dugan said the advent of the Internet 40 years ago opened the door to tremendous opportunities, but also great risks. Since the agency helped create the Internet, it also bears some responsibility in protecting it, she said.

“We need more and better options. We will not prevail by throwing bodies or buildings at the challenges of cyberspace. Our assessment argues that we are capability limited, both offensively and defensively. We need to fix that,” she said.

The agency has been steadily increasing its cyber research efforts since 2009, she said, and the agency’s budget submission for fiscal year 2012 increased cyber research funding by $88 million, from $120 million to $208 million. Over the next five years, the Agency plans to grow its top line budget investment in cyber research from 8 percent to 12 percent, she said.

“We are shifting our investments to activities that promise more convergence with the threat and that recognize the needs of the Department of Defense,” explained Dugan. DARPA also works DHS when appropriate, she said. “Malicious cyber attacks are not merely an existential threat to our bits and bytes; they are a real threat to our physical systems, including our military systems. To this end, in the coming years we will focus an increasing portion of our cyber research on the investigation of offensive capabilities to address military-specific needs.”

via Government Security News, continued here.