Congress OKs cybersecurity R&D bill

Congress OKs cybersecurity R&D bill

The House yesterday passed by voice vote the Senate-amended version of the Cyber Security Research and Development Act, clearing the bill for the president's approval.

The bill, HR 3394, and would authorize $903 million over five years for systems security research under the aegis of the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

For its part, NSF is supposed to establish centers for computer and network security research at universities and provide doctoral fellowships. The bill directs NIST to negotiate and oversee university-industry partnerships for cybersecurity research.

The House first passed the bill in February by a vote of 400 to 12. The Senate last month cleared a slightly revised version. President Bush is expected to sign HR 3394 into law shortly.

Sen. Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Science Committee, said yesterday at a press conference on Capitol Hill that he would work closely with homeland security director Tom Ridge, presidential security adviser Richard Clarke and congressional appropriations chiefs to assure that fiscal 2003 appropriations complement HR 3394's authorization levels.

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