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House Passes Two Small Business Cybersecurity Bills

The House of Representatives has passed two bills whose goal is to boost small business cybersecurity in the United States. The Small Business Administration Cyber Awareness Act was introduced by Representatives Young Kim (R-CA) and Jason Crow (D-CO). It would require the agency to inform Congress about its ability to combat cyberthreats, by reporting on […]
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Senate Bill Would Codify FedRAMP

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is voting on the Federal Secure Cloud Improvement and Jobs Act, a bipartisan bill seeking to expedite agencies’ use of secure clouds through the GSA’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. The bill is essentially identical to the FedRAMP Authorization Act passed by the House in January. […]
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Build Back Better Act Includes $500M for CISA

The latest, slimmed-down $1.75 trillion version of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act – which primarily focuses on economic security and the climate crisis...

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chair Gary Peters Talks Ransomware

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), chair of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, spoke with the Washington Post about the challenges of defending the United States from cyber adversaries, which has become a focus of the committee during his tenure this year. “Cybersecurity for me is central – perhaps one of the most central threats […]
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House Passes Supply Chain, Telecom Security Bills

The House of Representatives has passed several pieces of legislation addressing software supply chain and telecommunication system security. They include: The Department of Homeland Security Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act passed almost unanimously. It would require DHS to issue guidance requiring its contractors to submit software bills of materials identifying the origins of each […]
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CRS Reviews Selected Cyber Incident Reporting Bills

The 117th Congress has debated requirements for nonfederal entities to report to the federal government incidents of cyberattacks. As part of this debate, Members...

Biden’s Defense Nominees Argue for New Cyber Approaches

During Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on their nominations, Biden administration defense nominees collectively argued that the Department of Defense needs to pursue cybersecurity improvements and creative operational concepts, to allow it to prepare for next-generation warfare. Alexandra Baker, nominated to be deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said the department must update its policies, […]
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Democratic Lawmakers Press Federal Agencies to Act on Ransomware

A group of Democratic lawmakers has written to the heads of four federal agencies, expressing an urgent need for the Biden administration to continue...

Senators Urge FTC to Craft Data Privacy and Security Rules

On September 20, nine Democratic senators wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, requesting that it create new rules to protect consumers’ personal data and privacy. The senators played on FTC Chair Lina Khan’s aversion to Big Tech and aggressive antitrust agenda by stating that “Big Tech companies have used their unchecked access to […]
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Opinion: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats in Maritime Cybersecurity

In an op-ed for CyberScoop, Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Michael Gallagher (R-WI), say that recent physical disruptions in the maritime supply chain highlight the critical importance of securing the sector’s IT infrastructure. “While these recent disruptions were not caused by hacks or bad actors in cyberspace, they demonstrate the vulnerable chokepoints in the […]
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