The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cyber Risks Economics (CyRiE) project on July 7 awarded $220,209 to the University of Tulsa to study how to quantify the value of data sharing and to promote increased sharing in the cybersecurity community.

“Cybersecurity is a data-driven research field that demands access to large and varied data resources held by other researchers,” said Acting DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology William N. Bryan. “This project will help facilitate enhanced data-sharing among cybersecurity researchers, which will enable researchers to better quantify risks and identify new cyber-defenses.”

The project is titled “The Economics of Cybersecurity Research Data-Sharing,” and the university aims to recommend how data sharing can be improved by examining published research and data availability in the field.

“An open secret of cybersecurity R&D is that while empirical data is the lifeblood of developing, testing and evaluating solutions, its ready availability is falsely assumed and its value is grossly understated,” said CyRiE Program Manager Erin Kenneally. “Quantifying what data is being used and produced by cybersecurity researchers and developers is critical to measuring the gaps and value proposition for data-sharing.”

The CyRiE program specifically supports research into the “business, legal, technical and behavioral aspects of the economics of cyber-threats, vulnerabilities and controls.”

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Jessie Bur is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Cybersecurity, FedRAMP, GSA, Congress, Treasury, DOJ, NIST and Cloud Computing.