Subcommittee Approves Bill to Increase Cybersecurity Capability

A bill to increase research and funding for cyber security was passed unanimously by the House Science Research Subcommittee.

The bill requires DoD, NSF and DHS to develop programs to increase cybersecurity research and to authorize and grant funding for cybersecurity training.

The prospective legislation is meant to help better secure cyberspace by helping more potential cyber professionals receive training while also conducting long-term research on cyber threats and cyber defense. If passed, the bill provides for a drastic increase in funding by 2014 for network and computer security research, from $68.7 million to $90 million.

The agencies will also have to draft a strategic plan within a year that will guide federal research and funding in response to the cybersecurity threat.

The bill will undergo minor revisions before being submitted to the full committee.

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