2010 Report of the NSF Workshop on Scientific Software Security Innovation Institute
Scientific Software Security Innovation Institute
Report of the NSF Workshop on Scientific Software Security Innovation Institute
On August 6, 2010, a group of NSF researchers met in Arlington, Virginia, in response to an NSF Dear Colleague Letting (NSF 10-050) call for exploratory workshops to explore requirements for Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S212s). The specific topic of the August 6 workshop was the potential benefits of a security-focused software institute that would serve the entire NSF research community. The goals of the workshop were to 1) document software security efforts in place in order to develop a competitive landscape of options, 2) document security needs from the perspective of a wide variety of domain scientists, representing virtual organizations, national observatories, and small research projects, 3) recommend whether a security-focused software institute should move forward and, if so, to identify observatory or other project partners, organizations structures, and services that would comprise this institute, and 4) understand the parameters, including but not limited to financial, policy, and human, which influence sustainable security for research cyberinfrastructure.
The key finding from the workshop is that security is a critical crosscutting issue for the NSF software infrastructure that must be addressed in NSF’s Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI²) program.