Cyber Security Research and Development Act



This bill became public law in 2002, 15 U.S.C 7403, and permitted the director of National Science Foundation to award $60,000,000 (in 2007) worth of grants for basic research on innovative approaches to the structure of computer and network hardware and software that are aimed at enhancing computer security.

Sec 4. (a)(1)(I) includes “piracy” and “intellectual property” could be clarified to mean detecting and correcting for copyright misattribution and other abuses, as would still be required for works licensed under the terms of a free culture license. Software could also be useful to easily license other types of copyrighted works for commercial or derivative use.

The bill permits the director of the National Science Foundation to award $20,000,000 (in 2007) worth of grants to institutions and higher education to improve programs in computer and network security. And $1,250,000 (in 2007) for grants under the Scienfific and Advanced Technology Act of 1992.

The bill also added grants for institutions to establish traineeship programs for graduate students to use $25,000 per year for a trainee on tuition.

Sec 12 of the bill asks the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to enter into an arrangement with the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Nation’s network infrastructure and make recommendations for appropriate improvements.

Sec 17 requires there to be a report to make sure that the grants are being awarded.

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