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Stimulus Bill Includes Technology Infrastructure

Opinion
Jan 18, 20092 mins
IT Leadership

As physical security for inauguration festivities go into full swing in Washington D.C. this week, there’s plenty of behind-the-scene action related to the new stimulus package which includes new technology spending. While the focus is on broadband, health IT, and science research spending, cybersecurity wasn’t forgotten.

The overall focus of the stimulus package is to create jobs fast, and Federal Computer Week’s headline proclaimed: Stimulus has billions for IT.   Here’s an excerpt:

Obey announced in a news release Jan. 15 that $20 billion would be available for health IT in the stimulus plan. However, the committee’s report calls for “$2 billion in this bill, and $20 billion overall, for health information technology….” “To save not only jobs, but money and lives, we will update and computerize our health care system to cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes and help reduce health care costs by billions of dollars each year,” the committee wrote. The committee specified a number of smaller IT items in the bill as well, including $276 million in cybersecurity improvements at the State Department… 

Improving health IT will bring with it security and privacy components as as issues are resolved.  The Washington Business Journal said early this month that Tech spending in health care, cyber-security may see boost. “We’re expecting to see a lot of action in health IT legislation even in the next month to two months,” said Harry Greenspun, executive vice president and chief medical officer of Falls Church-based Perot Systems Inc.

 Regardless of which IT projects get funding in the stimulus package, there will be efforts to secure whatever new infrastructure gets rolled out. Cybersecurity projects should benefit from a series of federal efforts to strengthen critical IT infrastructure for federal agencies as well as state and local governments.

The full text of the draft stimulus bill was available at the Huffington Post, along with overviews of each section in an executive summary.

Any thoughts on the IT infrastructure proposed in the draft bill?

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Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist and author. During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, including enterprise-wide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan State Government. Dan was named: "CSO of the Year," "Public Official of the Year," and a Computerworld "Premier 100 IT Leader." Dan is the co-author of the Wiley book, “Cyber Mayday and the Day After: A Leader’s Guide to Preparing, Managing and Recovering From Inevitable Business Disruptions.” Dan Lohrmann joined Presidio in November 2021 as an advisory CISO supporting mainly public sector clients. He formerly served as the Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer for Security Mentor, Inc. Dan started his career at the National Security Agency (NSA). He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US / UK military facility. Lohrmann is on the advisory board for four university information assurance (IA) programs, including Norwich University, University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), Valparaiso University and Walsh College. Earlier in his career he authored two books - Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD For You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. Mr. Lohrmann holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor's Degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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