This center fits into several NSF priorities, indicating that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has identified security as a research priority.
- T-1 – Emerging New Fields
- T-2 – STEM Workforce
- T-4 – Research Infrastructure and Data Access
- I-1–Useful to Society
- I-2–Capacity to Address Societal Changes,
Further indication of NSF’s priority is shown through ongoing programs and divisions. At the forefront for security research at NSF is the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF). CCF has identified three program areas, all relevant to this planning proposal:
- The Algorithmic Foundations program
- The Communications and Information Foundations program
- The Software and Hardware Foundations program
Also, embedded with the NSF Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division is the Systems Engineering and Design program, which supports security research related to the proposed center. President Obama’s 2012 budget request focuses on increasing interdisciplinary research and approaches to science; improving NSF’s ability to respond to rapid technology advances; and continuing NSF’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The Cyber Infrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) is NSF’s keystone program to focus on data integration, access and extraction. NSF expects to prioritize research on cybersecurity and cyber infrastructure in FY 12 and beyond.