Frequently Asked Questions

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CSRA Membership Prospectus
What is the CRSA?
What is the CSRA working to accomplish?

Why is stakeholder collaboration on cyber security R&D important?
Is CSRA a lobbying organization?
Who are CSRA’s members?

How does my organization become a member of CSRA?
How does the CSRA handle matters relating to Intellectual Property
Who runs the day-to-day activities of the organization? Where is it based?

What is the CSRA?
The Cyber Security Research Alliance (CSRA) is an industry-led, non-profit consortium working to address grand challenges in cyber security through the development and implementation of a cyber security research & development (R&D) strategy.   CSRA serves as a focal point for the effective collaboration between industry, government and academia to define a focused and coordinated approach to cyber security R&D.  Through these efforts, CSRA is helping to foster the development of game-changing cyber security technologies that are not only innovative, but also practical and implementable.

What is the CSRA working to accomplish?
By providing a forum for coordinated industry participation in the development and implementation of a national cyber security research and development (R&D) strategy, CSRA will bridge the gap between government funded R&D and commercially available products and solutions in cyber security.

CSRA works to:

  1. Facilitate the development of R&D strategies in cyber security
  2. Track cyber security R&D activities
  3. Enhance models for public-private collaboration to address current and emerging cyber security threats and accelerate innovation

CSRA is interested in studying cyber security R&D challenges that are bigger than any one company, consortium, industry sector or nation. Its work will help ensure an effective collaboration between government, industry and academia to help define the new generation of cyber security technologies, which are not only innovative, but also provide practical solutions to challenging problems.

Why is stakeholder collaboration on cyber security R&D important?
There is a growing need for increased public-private collaboration to address R&D issues in cyber security. Industry leadership is important to ensure sufficient emphasis on work towards increasing the practical focus in cyber security research by supporting the development of game-changing cyber security technologies, which are not only innovative, but also practical and implementable.

“Within 150 days of the date of this directive, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the SSAs, other relevant Federal departments and agencies, SLTT entities, and critical infrastructure owners and operators, shall conduct an analysis of the existing public-private partnership model and recommend options for improving the effectiveness of the partnership in both the physical and cyber space.”  Presidential Policy Directive/PDD-21, February 12, 2013.

Is CSRA a lobbying organization?
CSRA is not a lobbying association.  Rather, it is an industry-led non-profit consortium that serves as a focal point for the effective collaboration between industry, government and academia to define a focused and coordinated approach to national cyber security R&D. CSRA fills an important need to bring together industry-leading expertise and capabilities to support an effective private-public partnership on cyber security R&D strategy.

Who are CSRA’s members?
The founding members of the CSRA are Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), Honeywell International, Inc., Intel Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and RSA, the Security Division of EMC.

How does my organization become a member of CSRA?
The CSRA is organized to leverage expertise from member companies and partners in government and academia, with a tiered membership structure. To become a member, download the CSRA Membership Application.

For more information contact membership@cybersecurityresearch.org or call 781-876-8860.

How does the CSRA handle matters relating to Intellectual Property?
The CSRA operates under comprehensive Bylaws and a Intellectual Property Rights policy. These documents are available here or by sending a request to membership@cybersecurityresearch.org.

Who runs the day-to-day activities of the organization? Where is it based
Administrative activities associated with CSRA operations are managed by Virtual, Inc., an association management company located in Wakefield, Massachusetts.