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Bill Would Prioritize Security for Key US Critical Infrastructure

House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY) has introduced the Securing Systemically Important Critical Infrastructure Act, which would direct CISA to identify...

New Bills in House and Senate Would Require Ransom Notifications to DHS

Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced legislation requiring ransomware victims who pay hackers to notify DHS within 48 hours of doing so, and direct DHS to release an annual report anonymously disclosing information about payments. Senate sponsor Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) also wants DHS to study the role cryptocurrency plays in ransomware attacks. Representative […]
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U.S. Senate Considers Mandating 24-Hour Reporting Requirement for Ransom Payments

On September 28, 2021, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released a draft bill that would, among other things, require nearly...

House Passes Bill to Rotate Cyber Personal Into and Among Government Agencies

The House of Representatives has passed the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act – which would allow skilled cybersecurity techs to work for the...

Cyber Incident Reporting Bills May Merge

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) is considering mixing aspects of his Cyber Incident Notification Act with related proposals in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act,...

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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Consumer Privacy Hearing Focuses on Expanding FTC Resources, Creating Federal Privacy Law

On September 29, 2021, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing entitled “Protecting Consumer Privacy.”  The hearing centered on strengthening consumer privacy rights, including by increasing the FTC’s resources and creating a comprehensive federal privacy law. To explore these issues, the Committee invited David Vladeck, Professor and Faculty Director of the […]
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Congress Asks FBI to Explain Withholding Decryption Key from Kaseya Victims

Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and James Comer (R-KY) – chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform – have called...

Senate Committee Releases Cyber Incident Reporting Bill

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-OH) have released a bill requiring critical infrastructure...

Defense Bill Includes More Power for CISA

Although the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is part of DHS rather than DoD, the NDAA recently passed by the House includes multiple provisions related to CISA, including the authority to compel certain kinds of private companies to report cyber attacks to the agency. The Senate version of the NDAA is still in the works, […]
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