2008-2009 NSTAC Reports 'NSTAC: Enhancing National Security and Emergency Preparedness through Communications' [open pdf - 16MB]
Alternate Title: 2008-2009 National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Reports 'NSTAC: Enhancing National Security and Emergency Preparedness through Communications'
"From September 25--26, 2008, the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) conducted its eighth Research and Development Exchange (RD X) Workshop entitled, Evolving National Security and Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) Communications in a Global Environment. The purpose of the event was to stimulate an exchange of ideas among researchers, operational users, and executives from Government, industry, and academia focused on the full range of research and development (R&D) issues affecting NS/EP communications networks, advance the security of free nations, and enhance preparedness and response activities across sectors. Specifically, the event participants examined five focused areas: 1.) Emergency Communications Response Networks: Modernizing and updating emergency communications to meet interoperability, resiliency, and reliability requirements while recognizing the challenges presented by existing legacy systems, technological hurdles, limited funds, disparate standards, and a disparate stakeholder community. 2.) Convergent Technologies: Ensuring interoperability among new and legacy technologies, defining interoperability standards across networks, mitigating problems associated with network congestion, enabling network security, and ensuring network survivability for NS/EP communications in a converged environment.3.) Defending Cyberspace: Promoting the need for research to understand the increased vulnerabilities and threats to cyberspace and determining the most appropriate offensive and defensive technological and policy approaches to network security. 4.) Identity Management: Exploring R&D efforts that leverage existing identity management technologies and policies to ensure identification and authentication of network users and machines in an NS/EP event. 5.) Emerging Technologies: Examining emerging technologies to determine their potential impacts and identifying tools or policies to address the rising security issues presented by the evolving communications environment."
National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee: http://www.ncs.gov/nstac/