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A non-profit research consortium called the Cyber Security Research Alliance (CSRA) launched after Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Honeywell, Intel, Lockheed Martin, and RSA/EMC decided to join their research forces.

Cyber security is a vital issue not only for private organizations, but also for governments. Major economic powers, including the U.S., are focusing their resources on enhancing their defensive and offensive capabilities and most of them realized that collaboration with the private sector is key.

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“Putting into practice the exciting cyber security innovations that emerge from research requires active partnerships between government and industry and also among private sector stakeholders,” said Chuck Romine, director of U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) information technology laboratory.

“The emergence of CSRA can strengthen both kinds of partnerships and we look forward to working with this new organization to promote a trustworthy cyberspace for our nation and its citizens.”

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The consortium will focus on developing viable approaches to technology transfers, tackling cyber security R&D activities, and prioritizing the challenges posed by cyber security based on the collaboration of all stakeholders.

CSRA’s goal is to bring together all the key actors in an effort to address national cyber security research and development, and bridge the existent gap between the private sector and the government.

“The CSRA is organized to leverage expertise, from member companies and partners in government and academia. Together we hope to create viable, game changing cyber security solutions,” said Lee Holcomb, president of the CSRA and VP of strategic initiatives at Lockheed Martin.

CSRA is collaborating with NIST to arrange a symposium in early 2013, to bring together academia and researchers from the private and government sectors.

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