Congress OKs cyber security grants

Wednesday, 13 November 2002, 3:43 PM EST

Congress approved $903 million in grants Tuesday to spur federal agencies, industry and universities to devote more energy to cyber security research.

"For too long, cyber security has just not been a research priority," said Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Science Committee and sponsor of the legislation. "In an age of terrorism, such willful ignorance about cyber security has got to come to an end."

A voice vote in the House sent the measure, already approved by the Senate, to the White House for the president's signature.

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