Where We Focus

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The NCCoE, which the NCF supports and advises, focuses on specific national infrastructure sectors as well as projects that cut across all sectors, including:

Sharing Our Expertise

In addition to supporting the NCCoE, the NCF shares our expertise with others, including FFRDCs operated by MITRE and government agencies. Below is a sample of key projects currently underway:

Department of Homeland Security

  • Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM)—The CDM Program provides federal agencies with capabilities and tools to help them identify and mitigate cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities. The NCF is aiding the CDM Program with transforming how federal civilian agencies secure and manage their networks.
  • The NCF’s work with the Coast Guard involves mitigating cybersecurity risks across the maritime transportation system.

Department of Transportation

  • The project aims to strengthen cybersecurity and address privacy risks for connected vehicle implementations nationwide.  

Department of Defense

  • StormSystemThis project is helping industry and government protect controlled unclassified information residing on their networks. The NCF is currently serving as the transition manager to make StormSystem operational at the Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center.  

Strategic Investments in Cybersecurity

MITRE invests its resources to advance projects that address today's—and tomorrow's—cybersecurity challenges, such as:

  • Commercial Space—As a founding member, MITRE has joined the . We are working to develop architectures and recommendations to secure systems that depend on the burgeoning commercial space systems environment, as well as the workloads that develop on those systems.
  • Securing the Global Internet Technology (IT) Ecosystem—In the near future, security systems and business and critical infrastructure of the nation will exist in a global IT ecosystem comprising 5G networks, artificial intelligence analytics, and billions of Internet of Things devices (resulting from IPv6). MITRE created the Securing the Next Generation of the Global IT Ecosystem initiative to develop technology and management models aimed at achieving cyber space dominance. We are engage with key stakeholders, including industry and technology suppliers, to develop cybersecurity solutions for this new ecosystem, which is still in the early phases.
  • Safeguarding the Integrity of U.S. Elections—The NCF is working to strengthen our nation's electoral infrastructure and has released a set of security recommendations to secure Voter Registration Systems. MITRE has created a reference architecture and actionable guidance that states can deploy in future elections.

News and Additional Resources

  • How do you deal with disinformation online? Samuel S. Visner shares his thoughts on the .
  • The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) the election of National Cybersecurity FFRDC Director Samuel S. Visner to its board of directors.
  • In February, NCF staff presented at RSAConference2020. for more information.
  • Samuel Visner describes MITRE's work helping to safeguard our nation's election security and how states can protect their voter registration systems. Contact us to learn more: electionsecurity@357n.com and view our Focal Point: Election Integrity.
  • In , Samuel S. Visner and Scott Kordella explain why securing our national and economic security is urgent, especially as low-earth-orbit space is exploited in new ways.
  • Through the , MITRE employees are encouraged to share their work and findings, which cover a wide range of topics from cybersecurity to healthcare to artificial intelligence and more.
  • Learn how MITRE is advancing research and analysis to rapidly exploit emerging technologies in our Center for Technology & National Security.