DHS cyber bill approved by House

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and creates a cybersecurity agency at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The bill streamlines the National Protection and Programs Directorate, re-designating it the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). According to Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), who introduced the bill in July, CISA “will achieve DHS’s goal of creating a stand-alone operational organization, focusing on and elevating its vital cybersecurity and infrastructure security missions to strengthen the security of digital America and our nation’s critical infrastructure.”

CISA will be headed by a Director of National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, staffed by personnel from various related agencies, and will consist of a cybersecurity division, an infrastructure security division, and an emergency communications division.

For more information about this bill, please follow the links below.
House passes McCaul’s landmark cybersecurity legislation, House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee
H.R. 3359: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017, GovTrack
H.R.3359 – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017, Congress.gov

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