The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a new cybersecurity research bill that would enable the US government to better deal with cyberattacks.
The Cyber Security Research and Development Act of 2009 (HR 4061) would create new research and education programs at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to promote research in cybersecurity and to attract more teachers and students to the field.
"This bill will help improve the security of cyberspace by ensuring federal investments in cybersecurity are better focused, more effective, and that research into innovative, transformative security technologies is fully supported," said Symantec CTO Mark Bregman. "HR 4061 represents a major step forward towards defining a clear research agenda that is necessary to stimulate investment in both the private and academic worlds, resulting in the creation of jobs in a badly understaffed industry."
Aside from the scholarly aspect, the new bill would develop an awareness program to help consumers, organizations and government bodies to keep their computers secure. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been tasked with improving development of new identity management systems used to control access to buildings, networks and data.
If the bill becomes law, NIST would have one year to develop a plan for Congress about how it would participate in creating International cybersecurity standards and would have 90 days for a plan on its cybersecurity awareness program.