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Congress bucks DHS on bid to move cyber research funding

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Congress rejected a bid to shift about $90 million in cybersecurity research funding to a newly formed agency at the Department of Homeland Security in the recent funding bill.

The Science and Technology Directorate at DHS will retain that funding, which DHS sought to move to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

In their conference report, appropriators suggested S&T use $3 million of that $89 million to set up a test bed to examine possible cybersecurity solutions. It also provided $8 million for the Next Generation Cyber Infrastructure (NGCI) Apex project that provides the financial services sector with technologies and tools to protect their systems and networks.

S&T's Data Analytics Engine was funded at $5,211,337. The engine helps the agency crunch big data to help law enforcement, fraud detection, risk-based screening and other applications.

The bill also funded S&T's Silicon Valley Innovation Program at $10 million.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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