Webinar: Federal Strategies to Accelerate Innovation from Lab to Market

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The federal government invests approximately $150 billion each year in R&D conducted at federal laboratories, universities, and other research organizations. For the United States to maintain its position as the global leader in innovation, bring products to market more quickly, grow the economy, and maintain a strong national security innovation base, the President’s Management Agenda includes the Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goal to improve the transfer of federally-funded R&D from discoveries in the lab to impact on the marketplace.

The National Academy of Science, Engineering & Medicine (NASEM) Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) will host a webinar on October 24th at 1:00 pm ET to discuss recent actions across the federal government to accelerate innovation from lab to market.  Co-led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), agencies across the Federal government are coordinating to accelerate innovation through five key strategies:

1. Reduce regulatory impediments and administrative barriers in Federal technology transfer policies and practices.
2. Increase engagement with private sector technology development experts and investors.
3. Build a more entrepreneurial R&D workforce.
4. Support innovative tools and services for technology transfer.
5. Improve understanding of global science and technology trends and benchmarks.

New NIST Energy Sector Cybersecurity Guide Released

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at NIST has published a draft practice guide — Energy Sector Asset Management— to enhance the energy sector’s asset management capabilities for operational technology (OT). This project includes a reference design and uses commercially available technologies to develop an example solution that will help energy organizations address the security challenges of OT asset management.

Vulnerabilities in OT assets present opportunities for malicious actors to cause disruptions and power outages. To properly assess cybersecurity risk within the OT network, energy companies must be able to identify all their assets, especially the most critical.

This project describes methods for managing, monitoring, and baselining assets and also includes information to help identify threats to these OT assets. The resulting Cybersecurity Practice Guide documents the practical steps required to implement a cybersecurity reference design that addresses this challenge.

DHS to hold Cybersecurity Summit

The Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will host a Cybersecurity Summit on September 18-20, 2019 in National Harbor, MD. The event will provide a forum on current cybersecurity topics including emerging technologies, vulnerability management, incident response, risk mitigation, and other key issues. It will also allow for Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies, as well as private sector organizations, to highlight successes and opportunities for collective action in securing cyberspace.

Securing Mobile Communications Infrastructure Technology Exchange Event

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting a technology exchange focused on protecting and securing mobile network infrastructure, including legacy, current and 5G mobile network communications, services and equipment.

During this event innovators will have the opportunity to learn about the DHS mission, homeland security challenges and pain points to help identify cutting-edge technology solutions for DHS operational and end-users supporting this vital mission.

The event will be held in Boston, MA on July 16th. The agenda is below and registration can be found here.

NIST Releases Draft Plan for Federal Engagement in AI Standards Development

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public comment on a draft plan for federal government engagement in advancing artificial intelligence (AI) standards for U.S. economic and national security needs. The draft plan recommends four actions: bolster AI standards-related knowledge, leadership and coordination among federal agencies; promote focused research on the “trustworthiness” of AI; support and expand public-private partnerships; and engage with international parties. 

The document U.S. Leadership in AI: Plan for Federal Engagement in Developing Technical Standards and Related Tools, was published on July 2, 2019 in response to a February 2019 Executive Order that directed federal agencies to take steps to ensure that the U.S. maintains its leadership position in AI. The draft plan was developed with input from various stakeholders through a May 1 Request for Information, a May 30 workshop and federal agency review. Comments may be submitted to ai_standards@nist.gov through July 19, 2019. In accordance with the February Executive Order, a final plan is due to the White House on August 10, 2019.