06/26/2014

US government is modernizing its cybersecurity legislation about its governmental infrastructure

1. "The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 would update the Federal Information Security Act of 2002 and address critical issues that have risen over the past 12 years. The bill would better delineate the roles and responsibilities of the Office of Management and Budget and DHS, move agencies away from paperwork-heavy processes toward real-time and automated security and put greater management and oversight attention on data breaches.

 

2. In May, the committee approved the DHS Cybersecurity Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act of 2014, which would help address critical challenges that DHS faces in hiring and retaining cybersecurity professionals by providing the DHS secretary hiring and compensation authorities for cybersecurity experts like those of the Secretary of Defense.

3. Tuesday the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) Act of 2014 and the Federal Information Security Modernization (FISMA) Act of 2014 -- legislation that would take a number of steps to modernize and address critical challenges to the nation’s cyber security capabilities – were introduced by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen Tom Carper (D-Del.) and co-sponsor Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), ranking member of the committee. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act of 2014 would codify the existing cybersecurity and communications operations center at DHS, known as the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. The bill calls on the center is to serve as the federal civilian information sharing interface for cybersecurity. The bill authorizes the center’s current activities to share cybersecurity information and analysis with the private sector, provide incident response and technical assistance to companies and federal agencies, and recommend security measures to enhance cybersecurity
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