House Overwhelmingly Passes Cybersecurity Bill

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The Caucus, a NY Times Blog, is reporting on the overwhelming majority vote (422 yeas) the House gave a new cybersecurity bill. The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061 has a number of interesting provisions. Representative Michael Arcuri, a Democrat of New York who sponsored the bill called cybersecurity the 'Manhattan Project of our generation' and estimated the US needs 500 to 1,000 more 'cyber warriors' every year in order to keep up with potential enemies. The new bill 'authorizes one single entity, the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to represent the government in negotiations over international standards and orders the White House office of technology to convene a cybersecurity university-industry task force to guide the direction of future research.

Hopefully this will help IT professionals move into junior IT security positions.


  • Bl8ckr0uterBl8ckr0uter Inactive Imported Users Posts: 5,031 ■■■■■■■■□□
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    Hopefully this will help IT professionals move into junior IT security positions.


    I wonder how this will materialize. The local AFB has been "hiring" for IT positions for about 2-3 year years now.
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,620 ■■■■■■■■□□
    We need to develop a formal education infrastructure to facilitate the legitimacy of our industry. The Manhattan project worked because there was a massive think tank of university research and talent behind it. Security and IT in general is primarily dominated by self-study certifications and while that's good and all, no one is really doing large scale university research in such a way that makes national network security possible. If there were educational and research positions open for cybersecurity R&D I'd be all over that. Currently though, there's just not enough motivation in that direction from academia.
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