Last week CAIDA researchers (Alberto and kc) visited National Harbor (Maryland) for the 1st NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Principal Investigators Meeting. The National Science Foundation’s SATC program is an interdisciplinary expansion of the old Trustworthy Computing program sponsored by CISE, extended to include the SBE, OCI, MPS, and EHR directorates. The SATC program also includes a bold new Transition to Practice category of project funding — to address the challenge of moving from research to capability — which we are excited and honored to be a part of.
This PI meeting included social science, economic, policy, as well as technical perspectives on cybersecurity through plenary talks, breakout sessions, posters, and an adventurous one-on-one researcher “speed dating” experiment. We presented a poster that summarized our current NSF SATC-funded effort to build a platform for online monitoring and analysis of large-scale Internet infrastructure outages. The poster (reproduced below) displays highlights of our previous results from analyzing large outages in Egypt and Libya during the so called “Arab Spring”, and the impact of the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand in 2011. More soon, as we are still analyzing the most recent large-scale Internet outage in the news (Syria).