Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced $74.5 million in funding for foundational research and education that aims to address the growing cybersecurity challenge. This investment, through the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, is critical to achieving a safe, secure, resilient and trustworthy cyberspace, including associated critical infrastructure such as the energy grid and transportation systems.
Cybersecurity has long been indispensable in finance, HR, government administration and other fields that depend heavily on data. Cybersecurity is now also pivotal to the most physical of economic sectors: manufacturing. While the recent ransomware strikes, including the “WannaCry” virus, garnered tremendous publicity for their impacts on commercial and government websites, one of the biggest impacts was on a physical manufacturer: a Honda plant in Japan was forced to halt production. This wasn’t unusual.