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History of the I3P

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The I3P came into existence following several government assessments of the U.S. information infrastructure’s susceptibility to catastrophic failure. The first study, published in 1998 by the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), recommended that a nongovernmental organization be formed to address national cyber security issues.  Subsequent studies–by the Institute for Defense Analyses, as well as a white paper jointly produced by the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy–agreed with the PCAST assessment, affirming the need for an organization dedicated to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructures.

In 2002, the I3P was founded at Dartmouth College, with a grant from the federal government. Since its inception, the I3P has:
    •  coordinated a national cyber security research and development program
    •  built informational and research bridges among academic, industrial and government stakeholders
    •  developed and delivered technologies to address an array of vulnerabilities

Funding for the I3P has come from various sources, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Historical Timeline

December 1998
President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recommends a government-funded but non-governmental lab be formed to focus on cyber security research.

April 2000
Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) study outlines the I3P concept.

July 2000
National Security Council (NSC)--Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) white paper calls for the creation of the I3P.

September 2001
Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS) founded at Dartmouth, funded to lead the establishment of the I3P.

January 2002
I3P begins operation.

I3P Charter

Last Updated: 7/2/12