The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. DOE has a singular and unique national security mission and set of program requirements. These diverse set of responsibilities range from the need to protect highly sensitive data, to providing an open environment for advancing basic scientific research with minimal downtime, all while simultaneously securing the nation's high-performance computing assets, such as ALCF, OLCF, and NERSC, the DOE high-performance network, ESnet, and a highly-diverse collection of network-connected scientific instruments. These important but highly unique missions and assets make DOE a target for sophisticated nation-state adversaries. However, currently available commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and government-off-the-shelf (GOTS) security solutions are unable to provide the level of cybersecurity protection uniquely demanded by DOE's key missions. Since it is anticipated this state of affairs will exist for the foreseeable future, DOE will continue to be unable to rely upon untrusted COTS products, or on outside contractors, universities, or other Federal agencies, to secure its mission-essential functions.
As part of the iJC3, the iJC3 Cyber R&D Enterprise Cybersecurity Capability (ECC) will pursue R&D activities and programs that seek to ultimately result in measurable improvements to cyber (encompassing both cybersecurity and information sharing) in support of the DOE mission, in order to provide what COTS/GOTS solutions cannot and may never be able to.
In order to achieve its desired research and development outcomes, the iJC3 Cyber R&D ECC will engage in collaborative scientific research, and develop technologies necessary to enhance the security of DOE systems and networks. More specifically, the iJC3 Cyber R&D will experiment with and produce outcomes likely to have broad applicability to DOE the protection of the DOE information and enterprise infrastructure (via the other ECCs).
The iJC3 Cyber R&D ECC currently includes ten DOE National Laboratories. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory serves as the iJC3 Cyber R&D ECC Lead. Partners and collaborators include Argonne, Brookhaven, Fermi, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories.