Clinton Administration proposes $1.4 Billion for Computer Security

According to a report in the January 29 issue of Science, as part of its call for new spending on advanced technology R&D, the Clinton administration is proposing that $1.464 billion be spent on "critical infrastructure protection and computer security," an increase of 40% over what's currently spent in this area. Most of the funding is earmarked for applied research on computer security through the Defense Department, but about $3 million would go toward new computer science scholarships with the goal of creating a "cyber-corps" of electronic network defenders. Congress is likely to approve or even increase the proposed funds, according to Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Penn.), who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on research.

Willis Ware wins IFIP's Kristian Beckman Award

The Kristian Beckman Awards Committee of Technical Committee 11 of IFIP, the International Federation For Information Processing, announced on March 9 that the 1999 Kristian Beckman Award is awarded to Dr. Willis Ware of the US. The Kristian Beckman Award was created in honour of Kristian Beckman, the first Chairman of TC 11.

The objective of the award is to publicly recognise an individual, not a group or organisation, who has significantly contributed to the development of information security, especially achievements with an international perspective.