Earlier this month, Congress passed four pieces of cybersecurity legislation. Among this legislation are two bills meant to facilitate greater cooperation between the federal government and the private sector.
S. 2519, the National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014, gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the authority to assist the private sector in identifying vulnerabilities and restoring their networks in the event of a cyber attack. The bill also established the DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which will facilitate information sharing between federal civilians and the private sector.
S. 2521, the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014, arranges for DHS to assist federal civilian agencies and departments in their cybersecurity initiatives, and promotes government-wide cybersecurity policies.
For more information about this legislation, please follow the links below.
Statement by Secretary Johnson on the Passage of Critical Cybersecurity Legislation, Department of Homeland Security
S.2519 – National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014
S.2521 – Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014