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Peters & Portman’s Cyber Response and Recovery Act Advances in Senate

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved a cybersecurity bill introduced by committee chair Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-OH). The Cyber Response and Recovery Act is intended to improve the federal response to cyber breaches such as the recent attack against the Colonial Pipeline. It would establish […]
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Congress Prepares More Funding, Power for CISA

Congress is moving to give both additional funding and new authorities to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Two House committees have advanced legislation that would give CISA an additional $400 million and $800 million, beyond their current-year $2 billion budget and the one-time $650 million provided by the American Rescue Plan in March. Meanwhile, […]
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Congress Faces Contentious Cyber Proposals When NDAA Conference Kicks Off

The reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of National Defense Authorization Act will involve some challenges, including scheduling difficulties for the committee chairs...

New Privacy Bill Provides Opt-Out Rights and New Data Security Requirements

To add to the growing list of federal privacy frameworks introduced this year, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has re-introduced the bipartisan Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act of 2021 (S. 1667).  Senator Klobuchar introduced the bill originally in 2018 and 2019, although it did not advance to committee in either instance.  Senators Kennedy […]
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Congress Needs to Step up In Ransomware Fight, House Cybersecurity Panel Chair Says

Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), the new chair of the House Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on cybersecurity, says that federal lawmakers need to do more to help organizations – especially state and local governments – protect themselves against ransomware. “It is not realistic to tell state and local governments, hospitals or small businesses to simply to […]
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CISA Issues Preliminary Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Goals and Objectives for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems

On September 22, 2021, as required by President Biden’s National Security Memorandum of July 28, 2021, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued preliminary cross-sector cybersecurity performance goals and objectives for critical infrastructure control systems. CISA developed these goals and objectives—which are currently voluntary—in coordination with the National Institute of Standards and Technology after an […]
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Lawmakers Question Cyber Officials about Government Response to Ransomware

The House Oversight and Reform Committee recently heard from three high-ranking administration officials: national cyber director Chris Inglis, CISA director Brendon Wales, and FBI Cyber Division head Bryan Vorndran. The committee members’ questions focused on the federal government’s response to ransomware, the tools they are providing to business and to state and local agencies, and […]
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DOJ Efforts to Weaken Encryption Place National Security at Risk, Congressman Says

Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) warns that politicians who suggest technology companies should give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted data that it is a...

Four Things to Know about the “Internet of Things” Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020  (S. 734, H.R. 1668) is about to be signed into law.  Billions of devices...

U.S. Senate Approves National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium

The Senate has passed legislation to formally charter a National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, which includes Norwich University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, University of Arkansas, and University of Memphis. The legislation was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX), whose states include three of the participating […]
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