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[] mehr zu den US-Cybersicherheitsgesetzen von Sen. Edwards,

"Last month, the House Science Committee passed similar legislation,
the Cyber Security Research and Development Act"

By Diane Frank 
Jan. 29, 2002

Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) introduced two bills Jan. 28 aimed at
raising the level of information security expertise within government
and the private sector.

One piece of legislation, the Cyberterrorism Preparedness Act, would
create a nonprofit group of academic and industry experts to develop a
set of best practices for protecting computers and networks against

This follows recommendations from the White House's Office of Science
and Technology Policy and other experts, according to Edwards' office.  
Edwards is a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

The bill initially would require a report on which best practices
federal agencies should implement, first through pilots and then
governmentwide. It then mandates a study on how to get the private
sector to adopt the best practices, including an examination of
whether federal contractors and grant recipients should be required to
follow the best practices.

Edwards' other bill, the Cybersecurity Research and Education Act,
focuses on increasing the number of security researchers and teachers
available to build the overall level of security expertise in the
United States.

The bill would fund information assurance fellowships for doctoral
students, with further incentives for those students to teach after
receiving their degrees. Currently, less than half of 1 percent of
computer science doctoral candidates specialize in information
security, and very few of them go into teaching.

The bill also creates a distinguished faculty sabbatical program that
would bring top security professors to research-oriented universities
and colleges to work on innovative projects. It also would establish
an Internet-based security university and information clearinghouse to
enable researchers to share information and expertise.

The senator's office did not specify any funding levels for the
initiatives included in the bill.

Last month, the House Science Committee passed similar legislation,
the Cyber Security Research and Development Act, which would provide
almost $1.2 billion over the next five years for research, grants and
education through the National Science Foundation and the National
Institute of Standards and Technology.

The National Science Foundation already is working with colleges and
universities to offer security scholarships and build security
education programs through the Scholarship for Service initiative
created by the Clinton administration.

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