July 17, 2019
Rep. Brian Babin new legislation to secure research efforts from potential cyberattacks. Co-authored by Reps. Roger Marshall, Randy Weber, Ralph Norman, Jim Baird and Anthony Gonzalez, the Securing American Research from Cyber Theft Act seeks to build computing environments to house sensitive projects to mitigate theft from foreign actors, the Committee on Science, Space and Technology said Monday.
The bill also intends to develop a framework for universities to secure taxpayer-funded projects and intellectual property. “This pilot program gives researchers the tools needed to conduct sensitive research in a secure environment, and it safeguards taxpayers’ investments in emerging technologies,” said Babin.
The Government Accountability Office has assessed the Customs and Border Protection’s efforts to plan personnel, fencing and technology programs in support of the larger border security mission. GAO said Tuesday that it found CBP’s 2018 Border Security Improvement Plan didn’t contain all information required under the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.