Cyber security has been a hot topic over the past couple years or so, especially after that seemingly never ending wave of website and service hacks. In a move to address any future problems, industry leaders AMD, Honeywell, Intel, Lockheed Martin, and RSA/EMC have joined forces to create the Cyber Security Research Alliance. The CSRA is a private, non-profit group and its goal is "to address complex problems in cyber security." One way it will do that is by seeking "to achieve coordinated industry participation to address national cyber security research and development (R&D) imperatives and bridge the gap between government funded R&D and commercially available products and solutions in cyber security."
The group is in talks with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create a cyber security research symposium early next year and have researchers join together from a variety of sectors. First the CSRA will build up its organization, start tracking cyber security R&D activities, "prioritize" the challenges it faces, and hopefully make cyberspace a safer place for all of us.