[ISN] Cybersecurity bill sent to president

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Date: Tue Nov 12 2002 - 22:31:16 PST

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    By Gretel Johnston
    IDG News Service, 11/12/02
    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved and sent to
    President George W. Bush a bill designed to fund research and
    workforce training in computer security.
    Representative Sherwood Boehlert, a Republican from New York and the
    chief sponsor of the legislation, said for too long cybersecurity has
    not been a research priority in the U.S. While the IT industry focused
    on making computers cheaper, faster and easier to use, the market did
    not put a premium on security, and government turned its attention
    elsewhere, Boehlert said in a release.
    In an age of terrorism such willful ignorance about cybersecurity must
    end, he said.
    A spokesman for the House Committee on Science, which Boehlert chairs,
    said the committee is unaware of opposition to the bill by President
    Bush, whose signature is needed to make the bill a law.
    The Cyber Security Research and Development Act (H.R. 3394), which
    passed on a voice vote, calls for $903 million to fund cybersecurity
    research centers, undergraduate program grants, community college
    grants and fellowships created by the National Science Foundation
    (NSF). Other programs and grants funded under the bill would be
    created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
    The cybersecurity research centers would focus on computer and network
    security and would be created with universities, businesses, other
    government agencies or independently. NSF's other programs under the
    legislation would work with colleges and universities to improve
    undergraduate and master's degree programs on cybersecurity. The NSF
    fellowships would go to doctoral students who pursue computer security
    NIST's programs would establish university and industry partnerships
    to build research centers that focus on information security issues of
    particular interest to businesses, and encourage senior researchers
    and post-doctoral fellows to pursue security studies.
    Passage of the bill represents a tremendous leap forward for
    policymakers as they seek to combat the specter of cyber terrorism,
    Tom Santaniello, manager of U.S. public policy for the Computing
    Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) said in a release. Through
    public-private partnerships, the bill will help create an elite corps
    of highly-trained cyber security experts who will lead U.S. defense
    forces into the realm of cyber warfare, he said.
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