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Feds Boost Cybersecurity Efforts

Homeland Security’s tech leader describes partnerships, training to combat cyberterrorism. The Department of Homeland Security launched two years ago with just six science and technology employees. Today, taking aim at cyberspace threats as well as physical ones, the organization has boosted its tech sector to more than 200 employees and is pairing with universities to groom more. With more than 1 billion security-related transactions taking place online each year, the growth of technology that protects Americans is essential, Charles McQueary, DHS undersecretary of science and technology, told biometric enthusiasts at the CardTech SecurTech conference here this week. The DHS 2005 budget includes a 14 percent increase for science and technology, he added. Additional funding for technology and cybersecurity has been a recurring request. Full Story

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