Rep. Lipinski's Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passes House
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced that the House has overwhelmingly passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 756) by a vote of 402-16. This bipartisan bill, introduced by Rep. Lipinski and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), will increase the security of federal networks and information systems, improve the transfer of cybersecurity technologies to the marketplace, train a cybersecurity workforce, and coordinate and prioritize federal cybersecurity research and development efforts.
“Approval of the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act comes a month after the Director of National Intelligence said that the danger of cyber attacks and cyber espionage on crucial infrastructure tops the list of global threats. In the United States, we face the real threat of a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor attack’ by individuals, criminal syndicates, or other countries that could destroy America’s military or economic security,” Rep. Lipinski said. “American workers and businesses already have been damaged and lost jobs because of cyber espionage, and we have managed to avoid much worse attacks every day. That’s why getting this bill through the Senate and onto the president’s desk cannot wait any longer.”
This legislation, which passed the House twice in previous Congresses, will:
• Improve coordination in government, providing for a strategic plan to assess the cybersecurity risk and guide the overall direction of federal cyber research and development.
• Update the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) responsibilities to develop security standards to harden our federal networks and processes for agencies to follow.
• Establish a federal-university-private-sector task force to coordinate research and development, improve training of cyber professionals.
• Continue much-needed cybersecurity research and development programs at the National Science Foundation and NIST.
“All three times this legislation has passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, which is a testament to the importance of the bill and to the quality of work that has gone into it,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Because of the rising threats and the fact that Mr. McCaul and I have worked hard to improve the chances of passage in the Senate, I am very hopeful that we will finally see this piece of the cybersecurity puzzle get put into place during this congress.”
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