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Senators Express Concerns about DOE Cybersecurity Readiness

A bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Angus Kind (I-ME) and Jim Risch (R-ID) have raised concerns about the cybersecurity readiness of the...

Senate Democrats Introduce Data Care Act for Companies Online

A new Senate bill would require websites, applications, and other online providers and services to take steps to protect consumers’ personal and sensitive information, with new rules governing how they can collect, share, and safeguard sensitive personally identifiable information. Introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), the Data Care Act would apply to these firms the […]
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House’s Ranking Homeland Security Republican Calls for $5 Billion CISA Budget, “Quarterback” Status

House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY) says that CISA should play “quarterback” for cybersecurity in the federal government, and therefore be funded accordingly. Katko said the agency needs “a lot more money” and “a lot more resources” to meet its mission, and that he could easily see Congress giving CISA a $5 […]
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“Cyber Shield Act” Calling for IoT Device Certification Reintroduced in Congress

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) reintroduced the Cyber Shield Act on March 24, 2021. The proposed legislation is not new to Congress; Sen. Markey and Rep. Lieu previously introduced the Cyber Shield Act in both 2017 and 2019. However, the bill never made it to a vote in either the House […]
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Senate Questions Federal CyberSecurity Leaders about Defenses Against SolarWinds

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing to investigate the SolarWinds hack that led to attacks against nine federal agencies and about 100 private companies. Committee Chair Gary Peters (D-MI) suggested officials scrutinize the $6 billion Einstein program, which monitors activity coming in and out of government networks. Brandon Wales, acting […]
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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Request Information On SolarWinds Cyber Attack

A bipartisan group of subcommittee chairs and ranking members from the House Committee on Energy & Commerce – led by committee Chair Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – have written letters requesting additional information from federal agencies regarding the recent SolarWinds cyber attack. The letters were addressed to Commerce […]
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Peters Presses Senior Cybersecurity Officials on SolarWinds Hack and Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chair Gary Peters (D-MI) called on senior cybersecurity officials to answer questions about vulnerabilities in federal IT systems and supply chains, including last year’s SolarWinds hack. Peters convened a hearing to examine how American cyber defenses were unprepared for this attack, how federal agencies and departments worked to determine […]
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King Drafting Mandatory Breach Disclosure Bill

Cyberspace Solarium Commission co-chair Senator Angus King (I-ME) is working with other lawmakers to draft legislation that would require private firms in the critical infrastructure sector to disclose data breaches to the government. “The commission will be recommending a breach notification law applying to critical infrastructure shortly, probably within the month,” King remarked. “There are some […]
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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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House Bill Would Give CISA More Authority, Informational Responsibilities

The DHS Industrial Control Systems Enhancement Act would give the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency more authority to protect critical systems against future attacks, but stops short of putting the agency in a regulatory role. Sponsored by a bipartisan group of House members, including House Homeland Security Committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Ranking Member […]
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