Technical Inquiries (TIs)

The core function of CSIAC is to answer technical questions using our in-house technical personnel, vast DoD information resources, and our extensive network of subject matter experts (SMEs). CSIAC has technical staff available to conduct technical research in order to give you a head start on your analysis or study in any of our technical focus areas. We offer a free 4-hour TI research service or, for slightly larger research efforts, we offer an extended technical inquiry (ETI) service.

Technical Inquiry Features

Our TIs include the following to help you with your research:

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Literature Searches

A curated bibliography given a technical topic

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Document Requests

Dissemination of technical reports to authorized users

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SME Referrals

Contacts and connections with relevant, technical SMEs

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Free Technical Inquiry Services

CSIAC’s free TI service offers 4 hours of free research per inquiry on any topic within our technical focus areas. Typical TI efforts may include answering technical questions, literature searches, document requests, or referrals to SMEs. Completed responses are compiled and delivered to the inquirer in less than 10 business days. Registered users can submit TIs online through the provided form or by phone.

Extended Technical Inquiry (ETI) Services

ETIs are externally funded research efforts that go slightly beyond 4 research hours. ETIs require between 5 and 160 technical hours of research, with a $50K maximum ceiling and period of performance up to 2 months.

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Notable Technical Inquiries

Notable TIs are summaries of the most recent and impactful works done by CSIAC in response to technical inquiries that were submitted by cybersecurity and information systems members. These summaries are intended to give our community a sampling of the wide range of questions presented and responses produced by CSIAC under the free 4 hours of information research support.

Security-Conscious Password Behavior From the End-User’s Perspective

How do end-users perceive their own password security practices, and how does this behavior differ from acceptable standards?

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): The Road to Compliance

What are the major requirements of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification for DoD contractors and subcontractors?

Privacy Impact Assessment: The Foundation for Managing Privacy Risk

What is the industry standard for performing a privacy impact assessment?

Assessing the Operational System Risk Imposed by the Infrastructure Deployment Pipeline Workflow

What is the operational system risk imposed by the infrastructure deployment pipeline workflow?

Smart Cities, Smart Bases, and Secure Cloud Architecture for Resiliency by Design

How can the smart city concept be applied to military bases, and what security concerns would need to be assessed?

Challenges in Applying the Law of Armed Conflict to Cyberwar

Given the United States-Russian bilateral recommendation from the 47th Munich Security Conference, what are some of the foreseen challenges in applying the law of armed conflict to cyberwar?

Commercially Available Firewalls

Which firewalls are currently commercially available?

Commercially Available Vulnerability Assessment Tools

Which vulnerability assessment tools are currently commercially available?

Current Malware Threats and Mitigation

What are the current malware threats we are facing, and how can we mitigate against them?