07.02.10

Leahy Announces $1.6 Million For Cyber Security Research At Norwich University

...Vermont Continues To Lead On Cyber Security Research And Tactics

(FRIDAY, July 2) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says a new infusion of $1.6 million in federal funding that he has secured for Norwich University’s Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime will continue the Center’s work in countering threats to the nation’s cyber networks.  This funding is awarded under Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP).  Leahy has sponsored funding for ongoing research and training work at the Center since he won designation of Norwich’s program as a national counterterrorism resource center nearly a decade ago.

After realizing the real world affects of the cyber attacks by North Korea last year, which affected the websites of the Department of the Treasury, the Secret Service, and others including Congress and the White House, Leahy noted the urgent need for these cyber-security initiatives.  The Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime, already a leader in protecting the nation’s computers against cyber attack, will assist the Department of Homeland Security in carrying out cyber-security projects. With this funding, the Center will continue to provide training to police and fire departments in more advanced skills of computer network defense, and preventing hackers and more organized groups from denying these public safety groups the use of their computer systems. 

Leahy, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and of its Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, secured the funding in the annual budget bill for the Department of Homeland Security for this fiscal year.  Leahy in 2002 authored and won enactment of a congressional charter that designated the Norwich University program the National Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime, eligible for ongoing national leadership standing and funding in addressing these growing threats.

“Cyber attacks on our responders pose a threat to our public safety,” said Leahy.  “Norwich’s specialized knowledge and training techniques help us ramp up preparations so that first responders can meet this very real challenge head on.  Attacks on emergency and public safety systems can be just as disruptive as the breakdown of a fire truck or radio tower.”

“We so value Senator Leahy's support and leadership in this area of great threat to America and our National Security,” said Rich Schneider, President of Norwich University.  “This area is one in which Norwich has great expertise and this support will continue to  advance our work and strengthen our capabilities.”

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