September 10, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Department of Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $5 Million For Cybersecurity Project Through ITT Advanced Sciences

Clarkson University Will Be Major Player

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Defense appropriations bill includes $5 million for ITT Advanced Engineering and Sciences in a partnership with Clarkson University to expand their involvement in cybersecurity research.

"With more and more people around the world using computers to try to infiltrate American computer systems, the threat of a cyber attack has become more real," said Schumer.   "This project would make significant strides toward enhancing our country's cybersecurity and keep our computer networks at places like the Pentagon, and companies that help maintain our infrastructure, secure."

"Cybersecurity is a top priority for our national security," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help Clarkson University develop the technologies we need to protect our networks, our infrastructure and families across America. I will continue working with Senator Schumer to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government."

ITT and Clarkson University will use its funding to finance a project that would conceptualize and demonstrate the technologies needed to coordinate, plan, and execute active defensive cyber campaigns. The plan will determine the effects associated with an offensive cyber weapon and monitor and evaluate events that occur in cyberspace. The goal of the project is to ultimately achieve situational awareness of cyberspace and achieve dominance within that critical realm.

Today, the Appropriations Bill for the Department of Defense passed the full committee. The legislation will head to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. The bill will then proceed to the House-Senate Conference Committee, before final passage in both chambers, and sent to the President to become law.