Pelosi hails passage of cybersecurity bill

Pelosi said the U.S. has seen “increasing threats” to public and private information technology infrastructure, and that the new act would strengthen protections.

“It will help minimize the risks to our IT infrastructure and decrease the potential for breaches that place our government, private enterprise and economy in peril,” she said in a statement.

Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair this week said hacker attacks on Google in China were a “wake-up call” for those who had not taken the issue of cybersecurity seriously.

The House bill also sets up grants from the National Science Foundation in the research areas of social and behavioral factors, including human-computer interactions and identity management. It calls on the foundation’s director to start a program awarding fellowships that encourage young scientists and engineers to conduct postdoctoral research in cybersecurity.