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Representative Katko Discusses Federal Cybersecurity

In an interview with Federal Drive, Representative John Katko (R-NY) discusses next steps on the federal response to cybersecurity threats, now that the Biden administration has mostly filled its top cybersecurity positions. Source: Federal News Network: Cybersecurity is One of Those Rare Issues in Congress with Bipartisan Agreement
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Senate Bill Would Let National Guard Cross State Lines Remotely for Cyber Assistance

The National Guard Cyber Interoperability Act, introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), would create a pilot program in which National Guard units would be allowed to help respond remotely to cyberattacks that occur outside their home states. Peters is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and his bill would […]
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COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Fraction of Funding Biden Administration Proposed

The American Rescue Plan legislation narrowly approved by Congress includes about $2 billion for cybersecurity and IT modernization, rather than the $10 billion President Biden proposed. That includes $650 million for CISA for “cybersecurity risk mitigation,” $1 billion for GSA to spend on modernization projects, and $200 million for the U.S. Digital Service to hire […]
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Proposed Bill Seeks to Protect Researchers Disclosing Classified Government Backdoors

The newly introduced Espionage Act Reform Act of 2020 seeks to protect journalists who publish classified information, as well as security researchers who discover classified government backdoors. Introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), the bill would authorize the “appropriate disclosure” of classified information and provide protection to those who disclose […]
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White House Clashes with Legislators Over New Cyber Post

Members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission are hopeful Congress can pass legislation establishing a National Cyber Director, but they’re still trying to figure out what specific objections the White House has to the proposal. Commission co-chair Senator Angus King (I-ME) says that he has not received anything from the executive office that outlines its reason […]
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New Cybersecurity Bills Introduced in Senate

Bills introduced in the Senate would address the federal government’s cybersecurity readiness and response capabilities. The Cyber Response and Recovery Act, introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), would empower the Secretary of Homeland Security to declare “a Significant Cyber Incident following a breach of public and private networks,” and establish a […]
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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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Congress Questions NASA on Cybersecurity Efforts

Foreign and domestic hacking activity targeting NASA continues to grow at a time when at least 75 percent of NASA’s civilian employees are working at home, according to agency officials. An inspector general report released in June found that NASA continues to struggle with implementing cybersecurity policies, despite spending about $2.3 billion on IT, networking, […]
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Senate Proposes $58M Boost to CISA’s Budget to Clear out Risk Assessment Backlog

A Senate panel is moving to provide the Department of Homeland Security with an additional $58 million, to reduce an ongoing backlog of requests for the department’s cybersecurity agencies to provide vulnerability assessments for state and local authorities. The new funding would support the continued reduction of a “12-month backlog in vulnerability assessments reported to […]
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Bill to Limit Sale of Personal Data Overseas

The Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Surveillance Act, just introduced in the Senate by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), would make it illegal for companies to export the data of U.S. residents to certain countries where that data could pose a national security risk. It would be the first law to prohibit the sale of individuals’ […]
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