Originally created 11/28/02

Bush signs bill to improve computer security



WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday signed a bill authorizing $900 million in grants to spur federal agencies, industry and universities to devote more energy to cyber security research.

The five-year program would require the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to bring industry and academic experts together to fund new research and to help attract top researchers to the field. It also would encourage efforts to recruit new students into cyber security programs.

Senate proponents of the legislation were Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and George Allen, R-Va.

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Information on the bill, H.R. 3394, can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov.