S&T Impact: Cybersecurity

S&T Impact: Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) helps improve cybersecurity capabilities through strategic research and development (R&D) in the areas of mitigation, solution development, and resilience. In line with the DHS Cybersecurity Strategy, S&T brings together leading innovators in academia, industry and government to identify new tools and tactics that can help network owners and operators overcome emerging cyber-threats. Watch the video and read below to learn more about the technologies and capabilities we deliver to keep our networks, devices, and cyber infrastructure safe!!



A night view of a city.S&T strengthens security on the Internet of Things (IoT)

  • The Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) project addresses security concerns to protect IoT-connected systems in automobiles, medical devices and building controls.
  • The Smart Cities project oversees the Global City Teams Challenge with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to improve cybersecurity for smart city systems.


A hand holding a smart phone.S&T protects mobile devices from evolving cyber threats

  • The Mobile Application Security project helps incorporate security-by-design to mobile app security tools that assist developers, analysts and security and network operators.
  • The Mobile Device Security project promotes safe and secure adoption of mobile technology within DHS and across the federal government.

A digital pad lockS&T helps secure networks from cyber-attacks

  • The Distributed Denial of Service Defense project deploys best practices that can help slow attack scale growth and defend emergency management telephony systems.
  • The Federated Security project brings together voluntary teams of organizations to share information and resources that can strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities.


Solution Development

A law enforcement officer using a laptop computer.S&T makes it easier for law enforcement to investigate cyber crimes

  • The Anonymous Networks and Currencies project develops new cost-effective solutions to help law enforcement agencies investigate criminal activity taking place on anonymous networks and with cryptocurrencies.
  • The Cybersecurity Forensics project develops tools and techniques law enforcement can use to investigate criminal and terrorist activity on mobile devices, GPS units, and more.

A man looking at a big screen monitor.S&T promotes cutting-edge cyber research


Nuclear power plant and power linesS&T keeps critical infrastructure up and running

Binary codeS&T strengthens software starting in the development phase

S&T is the primary research and development arm for DHS’s operational components and the nation’s first responders. S&T helps improve the safety and effectiveness of homeland security professionals by developing innovative solutions with public and private sector partners. Our approach involves:

1. Identifying Needs by discussing operational challenges with DHS Components and first responders; 2. Developing Prototypes or leveraging existing technologies to quickly find solutions; 3. Testing and Evaluating potential solutions to ensure they meet end-user needs; 4. Deploying Solutions to the field within a short timeframe.

S&T relies on partnerships with industry, academia, and technology developers to continue providing next-generation solutions that improve responder safety and effectiveness. If you’re interested in helping strengthen the nation’s homeland security, visit our Business Opportunities page to discover the many ways to work with S&T. Then, check out the rest of our website and follow S&T on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn for the latest updates on our work. Download a printable version of this page now.

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