Bill would create cybersecurity group at NIST

Sen. Ron Wyden

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has passed an IT research bill that would create a cybersecurity office within the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology. S 2182 now awaits a vote by the full Senate.

At markup, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) amended the Cybersecurity R&D Act, boosting proposed five-year funding from $875 million to $977 million, to better focus government and industry efforts to improve network and software security.

The new NIST organization, the Office for Information Security Programs, would oversee the government's efforts to buttress cybersecurity research, including a program to assist colleges and universities in entering partnerships with companies and government laboratories.

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