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Senators Question State Department on Response to Huawei

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) have asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to outline the department’s plans to respond to the still-growing operations of sanctioned Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Their concerns include what efforts the State Department has taken to prevent other governments from adopting Huawei technologies, and whether alternatives can be […]
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Congressional Committees Drafting Cyber Breach Reporting Mandates

There is growing pressure to create a federal breach reporting requirement, both from within Congress and at the urging of the White House. Lawmakers...

DHS, FBI Face Ransomware Questions from Congress

During a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas were questioned about the...

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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NDAA Amendment Would Require CMMC Cost Estimate

A new amendment to the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to give Congress an estimate of how...

House Subcommittees Approve Cybersecurity Funds for CISA, FTC

The House Homeland Security Committee has approved an additional $865 million in funding for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, voting along party lines...

House Bill Would Give CISA Director a Stable 5-Year Term

The CISA Leadership Act, sponsored by a bipartisan group of House members, seeks to better insulate the director of CISA from political pressure by giving the position a defined five-year term which would potentially span presidential administrations. It would still be appointed by the president, with Senate confirmation. The bill was introduced by Andrew Garbarino […]
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House Committee’s 2022 NDAA Includes Cyber Provisions

The House Armed Services Committee has overwhelmingly approved its version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, sending it to the House floor for consideration. The bill would increase overall spending compared to last year’s NDAA by $24 billion. Chair Adam Smith (D-WA) emphasized the bills support of emerging technologies that could help the Defense […]
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Senate Banking Committee Seeks Input on Securing Crypto, Blockchain

Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-PA) is asking the cryptocurrency and blockchain community to offer its ideas for legislation to support the...

New Bill Would Incentivize Industry Cybersecurity Cooperation

Representative John Katko (R-NY) plans to introduce legislation that would offer private companies a safe harbor from liability for data breaches if they’ve implemented appropriate cybersecurity measures. At a hearing about the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act, Katko promised his Systemically Important Critical Infrastructure bill would be forthcoming in a matter of days. […]
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