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News & Events
Report Release Webinar We invite you to attend a webinar highlighting our new report, Decrypting the Encryption Debate: A Framework for Decision Makers, on February 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. EST. REGISTER
Forum on Cyber Resilience Workshop Coming in February! The Forum on Cyber Resilience will host a workshop on Recoverability as a First-class Security Objective. Sign up on the Forum's email list to get updates (scroll to bottom).
December 13, 2017 We held a webinar on December 13, 2017 at 1:30pm ET about our recent report Emergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions. During the webinar, study chair Ramesh Rao explained the key findings from the report and answered questions from the audience.  Learn more by watching the webinar recording or downloading the webinar slides.
October 17, 2017 Webinar Series on Undergraduate Data Science Education. Webinars take place on Tuesdays from 3-4pm ET with the last webinar being held on November 14. To register, find more information on webinar topics and speakers, and watch recorded webinars, visit the webinar series website. Learn more about the study and share your thoughts with the committee on the study webpage at

Recent Publications

2017 Undergraduate EnrollmentsAssessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments examines the increasing enrollments in undergraduate CS courses and majors, underlying drivers, and associated diversity implications, with recommendations about how best to respond.
2017 Emergency AlertsEmergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions explores how a more effective national alert and warning system might be created and sets forth a research agenda to advance the nation’s alert and warning capabilities.
2017-Envisioning the Data Science Intermim ReportEnvisioning the Data Science Discipline: The Undergraduate Perspective: Interim Report offers perspectives on the state of undergraduate data science education and invites comments to inform the study's final report on future directions.
2017 Software UpdateSoftware Update as a Mechanism for Resilience and Security:  Proceedings of a Workshop.  Software Update is an important mechanism by which security changes and improvements are made in software, and this seemingly simple concept encompasses a wide variety of practices, mechanisms, policies, and technologies. To explore the landscape further, the Forum on Cyber Resilience hosted a workshop featuring invited speakers from government, the private sector, and academia. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
2017_Cybersecurity FoundationsFoundational Cybersecurity Research: Improving Science, Engineering, and Institutions focuses on foundational research strategies and on building collaborative links across disciplines and between research and practice.
2017_Information Technology and the U.S. WorkforceInformation Technology and the U.S. Workforce:  Where are We and Where Do We Go from Here?  explores current and emerging information technology capabilities and their interplay with various dimensions of work, and highlights areas where new research and data would help to improve understanding and inform future decision-making.
2017_CryptoAgilityCryptographic Agility and Interoperability: Proceedings of a Workshop. In May 2016, the Forum on Cyber Resilience hosted a workshop on Cryptographic Agility and Interoperability. Participants discussed the drivers and technical and societal implications of increased cryptographic agility. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
2016_A 21st Century Cyber Physical Systems EducationA 21st Century Cyber-Physical Systems Education describes the knowledge and skills required to engineer increasingly capable, adaptable, and trustworthy systems that integrate the cyber and physical worlds and recommends paths for creating the courses and programs needed to educate the engineering workforce that builds them.
2016_Databreach Aftermath RecoveryData Breach Aftermath and Recovery for Individuals and Institutions: Proceedings of a Workshop. In January 2016, the Forum on Cyber Resilience hosted a workshop on Data Breach Aftermath and Recovery for Individuals and Institutions. Participants examined existing technical and policy remediations, and they discussed possible new mechanisms for better protecting and helping consumers in the wake of a breach. Speakers were asked to focus on data breach aftermath and recovery and to discuss ways to remediate harms from breaches. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
2016 Exploring Encryption and PotentialExploring Encryption and Potential Mechanisms for Authorized Government Access to Plaintext: Proceedings of a Workshop summarizes presentations and discussions at a June 2016 workshop.
2016_Continuing Innovation in ITContinuing Innovation in Information Technology: Workshop Report summarizes presentations at a March 2015 workshop building on earlier CSTB work that illustrates how fundamental research in research technology, conducted at industry and universities, has led to the introduction of entirely new product categories that ultimately became billion-dollar industries.
2016_NSF Advanced Computing InfrastructureFuture Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020 makes recommendations aimed at achieving four broad goals: (1) positioning the United States for continued leadership in science and engineering, (2) ensuring that resources meet community needs, (3) aiding the scientific community in keeping up with the revolution in computing, and (4) sustaining the infrastructure for advanced computing.