U.S. Army Earmarks $44 Million for CRA Projects to Thwart Cyber Attacks

By Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Forecast International is projecting that over the next 10 years, the U.S. Army will spend some $44 million on projects being implemented by its Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance.  In the latter part of the decade, funding will average more than $5 million a year as the Army attempts to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities.

This funding is being driven by the Army’s need to advance the theoretical foundations of cyber science in the context of Army networks.  Among future efforts, the project will develop theories and models relating fundamental properties of dynamic cyber threats to dynamic risk assessments and defensive maneuver algorithms.

The Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance was established by the U.S. Army and is led by Penn State University. It also comprises the Army Research Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, the University of California-Davis, and the University of California-Riverside. The CRA supports basic research into the rapid development of cyber tools that could be used to dynamically assess cyber risks, detect hostile activities on friendly networks, and support agile maneuvers in cyberspace in response to threats.

The CRA research creates a framework that effectively integrates the knowledge of cyber assets and potential adversary capabilities and approaches, and provides defense mechanisms that dynamically adjust to changes in mission, assets, and vulnerability.

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