Research: Cybersecurity and Privacy
Cybersecurity has become a national imperative over the last decade. The number of cyberattacks has increased across all sectors both within the U.S. as well as the world in general. Some estimates place the expected annual cost of cybercrime to exceed $10 trillion by 2025. Given this, the importance of conducting research in various areas of cybersecurity to improve the cybersecurity posture of organizations and nations has increased in importance.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has identified five core functions organizations need to concentrate on in their cybersecurity programs: 1) Identify, 2) Protect, 3) Detect, 4) Respond, and 5) Recover. Each of these core functions provides a rich area for research to improve cybersecurity. Additionally, the introduction of any advances in technology also introduces new cybersecurity concerns. In the last two decades we have seen cybersecurity issues in areas such as cloud computing, wireless networks, autonomous vehicles, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, big data, and the Internet of Things.