Friday, February 14, 2020

Report on the 2019 NSF Cybersecurity Summit is now available

The Report of the 2019 NSF Cybersecurity Summit for Cyberinfrastructure and Large Facilities, is now available at The report summarizes the annual Summit that was held October 15-17, 2019, in San Diego, CA. The Summit provides a valuable opportunity for cybersecurity training and information exchange among members of the cybersecurity, cyberinfrastructure, and research communities who support NSF science projects. This sharing of challenges and experiences raises the level of cybersecurity awareness and gives Trusted CI important insights into current and evolving issues within the constituent communities.

This year’s Summit workshops, plenary sessions, and table talks reiterated some observations from previous years such as:
  • The high value of community member interaction and knowledge share
  • The threat of social engineering to cybersecurity
Emerging areas of importance to the community were also highlighted. These included
  • Inherent vulnerabilities in AI/ML
  • Maintaining data integrity

Day 1 of the Summit was dedicated to half-day and full-day training workshops. Days 2 and 3 comprised plenary presentations, panels, and keynotes that focused on the security of cyberinfrastructure projects and NSF Large Facilities. This year’s attendance totaled 143 (up from 117 in 2018), representing 84 NSF projects, including 12 of the 20 NSF Large Facilities. Almost half (46%) of the attendees actively participated in the Summit through planning, presenting, responding to the CFP, leading a workshop, and/or leading a lunch table talk. Evaluation and feedback of the 2019 Summit was very positive and constructive. We look forward to the upcoming 2020 NSF Summit that will be held September 22-24, 2020, at the Monroe Convention Center in Bloomington, Indiana.