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An assembly of tech giants including AMD, Honeywell, Intel, Lockheed Martin, and RSA, has come together to form the “Cyber Security Research Alliance”, a consortium that will focus on the "grand challenges" for cyber security and next generation technologies.

The Cyber Security Research Alliance (CSRA) is a private, non-profit research consortium formed in response to the growing need for increased public-private collaboration to address complex problems in cyber security, the organization explained. Priority research areas for the organization will include data and information sharing, control system security, and threat mitigation. 

CSRA is looking for “coordinated industry participation to address national cyber security research and development (R&D) imperatives and bridge the gap between government funded R&D and commercially available products and solutions in cyber security”.

Initially, the CSRA said it would focus on building the organizations and developing collaboration models, and get initiatives under way including tracking cybersecurity R&D activities and developing viable approaches to technology transfer. The organization also noted that it hops arrange a joint cyber security research symposium in early 2013 with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to connect researchers and early adopters from the private, academic, and government sectors.

Stakeholders involved in cyber security R&D, system integrators, owners and operators of critical infrastructures, and academic researchers and institutions qualify to become CSRA members, but are subject to approval by the CSRA board. Membership starts at $15,000 per year for “Affiliated Members”, to $60,000 per year for founding members. 

Cross-posted from: Security Week

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