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Study Criticizes Government on Cybersecurity Research

A report released Friday by a panel of computer experts criticizes the federal government, saying that its financing of research on computer network security is inadequate and that it is making a mistake by focusing on classified research that is inaccessible to the commercial sector. The report, commissioned by the Bush administration, calls for the government to spend $148 million annually on Internet security research through the National Science Foundation, over the current $58 million. It also urges more research spending by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, and by the Department of Homeland Security. The report, “Cybersecurity: A Crisis of Prioritization,” was prepared by a subcommittee of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, a group of industry and university experts. Full Story

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