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 Thursday, 08 November 2007 reports on Bush's announcement of a plan to prevent cyberspace attacks on U.S. interests. A $154 million budget was requested as preliminary funding for the initiative, which current and former government officials say is expected to become a seven-year, multibillion-dollar program to track threats in cyberspace on both government and private networks. Lawmakers who recently received briefings on the initiative, however, continue to have many questions, and some remain concerned about the legality of the program and whether it provides sufficient privacy protections. According to a former government official familiar with the proposal, the total start-up costs of the program are about $400 million. "The proposal 'will enhance the security of the Government's civilian cyber networks and will further address emerging threats,' Bush wrote to Congress as part of his request for additional money for cyber security and other counterterrorism measures. The initiative would first develop a comprehensive cyber security program for the government and then do the same for private networks, the former government official said."

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