House to vote on cybersecurity bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposed bill that is designed to bolster federal cybersecurity research and development activities, and stimulate the growth of a cybersecurity workforce in the country.

The bill is called the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009 (HR 4061) and was introduced by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) last year. It was passed by the House Science and Technology Committee last November. The bill is the first major cybersecurity legislation to come up for consideration before the 111th Congress.

If passed, the bill would reauthorize several cybersecurity grant program the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF will get up to $396 million over the next four years to fund research and development programs that are focused on cybersecurity.

Full story: House to Consider Cybersecurity Bill on Wednesday Computerworld via PCWorld