Wednesday, February 3, 2010

U.S. House Passes Cybersecurity Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act by a vote of 422 to 5.

H.R. 4061 reauthorizes several National Science Foundation (NSF) programs that aim to enhance cybersecurity. The bill would require agencies participating in the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NITRD) to develop, update, and implement a plan to guide the direction of federal cybersecurity and information assurance research and development. The bill also reauthorizes cybersecurity workforce and traineeship programs at the NSF including the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program and the Graduate Research Fellowship program.

The bill requires the President to conduct an assessment of cybersecurity workforce needs across the federal government and authorizes NSF to carry out the Scholarship for Service program (which has never been authorized but has been funded previously). The bill reauthorizes cybersecurity research at NSF and also reauthorizes the Trustworthy Computing program.

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