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New Congress Faces Pressure to Address Ransomware

The increasing frequency and profile of ransomware incidents across the United States has created pressure on Congress to address the problem. The previous two-year session of Congress introduced 11 bills mentioning ransomware; only one – incorporated into the NDAA – was enacted. According to a committee aide, Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee, chaired by […]
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Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2021 Introduced in the House

A bipartisan group of representatives have introduced the Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2021, which would require the State Department to open a Bureau of International Cyberspace Policy to advocate for American ideals in cyberspace globally. The bureau was a proposal of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, of which sponsor Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) was a member. […]
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SolarWinds CEO Suggests Congress Establish Breach Safe Harbor

SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna, in advance of testimony to Congress about the company's role in recent breaches of federal agencies, has suggested allowing victims...

Sen. Warner Asks FBI, EPA about Florida Water Treatment Facility Breach

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is asking the FBI and EPA for more information about the cybersecurity breach earlier this month, during which hackers tried to add dangerous amounts of lye to drinking water at a treatment facility in Florida. CISA reported that they gained access through a […]
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House Forms New Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems Subcommittee

The House Armed Services Committee has a new subcommittee this year: the Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI). Langevin says the committee will pursue an aggressive agenda focusing on cyber force structure, the newest combatant commands, artificial intelligence, cyber infrastructure, and supply chain safety. One of Langevin’s first […]
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Senate Intelligence Leaders Ask for SolarWinds Response Coordinator

Worried about a “disjointed” response to what could be the biggest hack in American history, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) –...

Congress Introducing More Legislation Focused on Cybersecurity, Enacting Some of It

According to a new study from Third Way, the most recent Congress introduced 40 percent more cybersecurity bills than the one before, but didn't...

COVID-19 Data Privacy Bill

Congressional Democrats have re-introduced legislation designed to help safeguard the privacy of COVID-19 health data collected for public health purposes, similar to proposals that were introduced but did not pass last year. The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act is sponsored by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Jan […]
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House Armed Services Committee Splits New Cyber Subcommittee from Intelligence Subcommittee

The House Armed Services Committee is replacing its Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee with two new panels. The new Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems subcommittee will be chaired by Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), and a new Intelligence and Special Operations subcommittee will be led by Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). The change is […]
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CISA to Provide States with Cybersecurity Advisers under NDAA

Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) says a new federal program placing CISA-employed cybersecurity advisers in every state will help close gaps between federal authorities and state and local entities when it comes to responding to information security threats. According to Hassan, who sponsored the bill creating the program, CISA advisors will serve as risk advisers to […]
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