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).
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.
Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) study outlines the I3P concept.
National Security Council (NSC)--Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) white paper calls for the creation of the I3P.
Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS) founded at Dartmouth, funded to lead the establishment of the I3P.
I3P begins operation.
Last Updated: 7/2/12