INSA Cyber Research and Development Sub-council

The INSA Cyber Research and Development (R&D) Sub-Council is composed of participants from government, industry and academia and engages with public and private sector partners to identify the cyber R&D community, unify cyber R&D efforts under a federal strategy, and encourage information-sharing best practices.

The Task Force is led by Sam Visner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cybersecurity Business at ICF International, and Al Munson, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition and Technology and currently a Senior Fellow for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The Sub-Council is comprised of two working groups that seek to develop (1) a national cybersecurity R&D strategy and (2) standards and a framework for a national Cyber R&D Information Sharing & Analysis Organization. The group seeks to not just compile a list of active Cyber R&D efforts throughout the Intelligence Community and private sector partners, but also to make recommendations for expanded efforts and points of collaboration on a national level and in support of national security imperatives. 

In 2013, under the leadership of Bob Gourley and Lewis Shepherd, the Cyber R&D Sub-Council convened a public panel discussion on the topic “Assessing Cyber Research and Development: What Progress Has Been Made and What Are the New Priorities” and, as a component of the September 2013 INSA Intelligence Summit, convened the “Cyber R&D Priorities for the Future” panel focusing on improving innovation in Cyber R&D, particularly increasing the collaboration between government and academia to employ advanced encryption to protect IC networks and data. At the 2014 INSA/APCEA Intelligence Summit, the Sub-Council convened a panel on “Maintaining the Cyber R&D Edge.”



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Cyber White Papers
 Tactical Cyber Intelligence (12/17/2015) 
 

Since 2013, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Cyber Intelligence Task Force has presented foundational thinking and approaches to the discipline, paying particular attention to how cyber intelligence functions at the strategic an...

 Cyber Intelligence: Preparing Today's Talents for Tomorrow's Threats (9/9/2015) 
 

Though essential to an organization’s cyber activities, cyber intelligence as a professional discipline is relatively emergent, particularly its unique tradecraft – a blend of technical knowledge (e.g., network operations, communications, and perhaps...

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Cyber Council Events
 2016 Intelligence and National Security Summit (9/7/2016) 
 

From September 7 – 8, 2016, AFCEA International (AFCEA) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) hosted the third annual Intelligence and National Security Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center....

 The Cyber Intelligence Discussion Series (10/1/2015) 
 

The Cyber Intelligence Discussion Series, co-hosted by The Institute of World Politics (IWP) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), will examine the emergent discipline of cyber intelligence as an integral component of organizati...

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