Rep. Jackson Lee proposes cybersecurity bill
A bill that would require the Homeland Security Department and the
National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a grant program to
bolster higher education programs in cybersecurity has been referred to
several House committees.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Sheila
Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Jan. 7, would have DHS and NSF start a grant
program to help schools enhance cybersecurity education. The money
could be used for professional development programs, associate degree
programs and purchasing equipment to be used for training, the bill
When discussing cybersecurity, officials frequently
mention the need to improve cybersecurity education and DHS officials
have said they are working to expand their cybersecurity workforce.
bill also would create an E-Security Fellows program that would award
fellowships to state, local, tribal and private sector officials so
that they can participate in and become more familiar with the work of
DHS’ National Cybersecurity Division.
The legislation was referred to the House Science and Technology, Education and Labor, and Ho
Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.