Friday, February 5, 2010

Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009 Passes the House 422-5

Over the next four years, each American will pay 75 cents per year to fund projects that will require more extensive data security standards - that is if it receives a similar reception in the Senate as it did in the House on Thursday.

H.R. 4061 calls out the National Science Foundation and NIST in particular, to bolster cybersecurity research and enhance data asset protection schemas. The Office of Management and Budget states that Federal security agencies spend roughly 10% of their IT infrastructure budget on cybersecurity or roughly $6 billion per year.

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) will be required to develop "checklists of settings and options that minimize security risks associated with computer systems that are, or are likely to become, widely used within the federal government."


Special to my interest is the directive to:
"establish a program to support development of technical standards, metrology, testbeds, and conformance criteria with regard to identity management research and development" 
The funding to support research of cybersecurity initiatives is a welcome sight and well-timed with the increase in cyberattacks from Chinese and Iranian sources. The expectation is, and should be, that any significant physical attack on the United States will be coordinated with a significant attack on our information infrastructure.

Hopefully the funding and political stamina will continue to flow as cyber threats to our nation continue to evolve.

1 comment:

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