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House Appropriators OK $474M for DHS Network Surveillance Tool

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cyberThe House Appropriations Committee has approved $474 million in funds for the Department of Homeland Security’s network surveillance system that works to scan government Web traffic for intruders, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Lawmakers voted 32-17 to cut Obama’s EINSTEIN budget proposal, pay raise-related amounts and personnel costs, Aliya Sternstein reports.

The allocation is slightly lower than President Barack Obama’s $479.8 million fiscal 2016 budget request in February to roll out E3A, a new version of the EINSTEIN tool, according to the report.

E3A works to detect network intrusions, prevent attacks, scan emails and collect metadata, Nextgov reports.

Sternstein writes that AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are among the current providers of the tool and DHS plans to award a contract by the end of this year for a governmentwide deployment of E3A, the report says.

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