[ISN] Cyber bill gets boost

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Date: Tue Oct 22 2002 - 01:58:41 PDT

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    By Diane Frank 
    Oct. 21, 2002
    The Senate passed a bill Oct. 16 that will provide more than $900
    million over five years for cybersecurity research and development.
    The full Senate passed the Cyber Security Research and Development Act
    (S. 2182), which authorizes funding for new research and grants
    programs through the National Institute of Standards and Technology
    and the National Science Foundation.
    Those programs will address matters ranging from basic research into
    security infrastructures to scholarships for new cybersecurity
    "In the long run, all government and private-sector cybersecurity
    efforts depend on people  trained experts with the knowledge and
    skills to develop innovative solutions and respond creatively and
    proactively to evolving threats," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.),
    sponsor of the Senate bill, during debate on the bill.
    The bill's supporters made it clear that they believe the programs it
    creates cannot afford to wait.
    "The stakes are high, and you can bet that hackers and cyberterrorists
    won't stand still, so it is important to launch these new
    cybersecurity research programs as soon as possible," said Sen. John
    Edwards (D-N.C.).
    Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.), co-sponsor of the House version of
    the bill (H.R. 3394), and industry representatives, who often
    expressed concerns about potential standards for security technology,
    applauded the Senate's action.
    The House must approve minor differences between the Senate and House
    versions of the bill, which will then be sent to President Bush to
    The Senate version includes making the bill's language compatible with
    the Homeland Security Act and creating a program to train faculty to
    teach college-level cybersecurity courses.
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