Congress takes action on cyber bill

It’s a bit of a rarity these days when Congress is able to compromise on legislation. However, on July 28 the House passed H.R. 3693, a bill known as the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2014. Passed by a voice vote, the measure now goes to the Senate for action. They also passed H.R. 3107 which dealt with DHS cyber security workforce needs and H.R. 2952 which assigns the DHS with the responsibility to develop a cyber security R&D plan.

Action on these measures had been stalled due to concern over privacy issues, but eventually compromise was reached that resulted in bipartisan support AND the support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Speaking on the House floor, House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, noted that the bill struck a fine balance between privacy and security that everyone could support.

Read Dr. Jane LeClair’s full column at the National Cybersecurity Institute.

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