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House Bill asks DHS to review cyber incident response – MeriTalk

With the increase in cyber attacks, Representative Don Bacon, R-Neb., Introduced legislation this week in the House that would require the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assess the procedures for responding to cybersecurity incidents in the House. agency and suggest improvements.

The DHS Roles and Responsibilities in Cyber ​​Space Act is co-sponsored by three members of the House Committee on Homeland Security: Vice-President Ritchie Torres, DN.Y., Senior Member John Katko, RN.Y., and Member rank of Cybersecurity. , Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee Andrew Garbarino, RN.Y.

“Americans are alarmed by the dramatic increase in cyber attacks against private companies, including the recent ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline and the JBS meat packing plant in Nebraska,” Representative Bacon said in a statement. declaration. “The federal response to these cyber incidents was inadequate and revealed gaps and confusion in how we defend our critical infrastructure. “

“It is clear that our cyber incident response framework must evolve to match the threat,” added Representative Bacon. “This bill will set the conditions for improving our national cyber defenses by requiring the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a thorough review of his cyber incident response plans, including how he works with private sector entities. , and make recommendations for improvement. “

As of October 26, the text of the bill is not yet available on Congress.gov. The bill has been referred to the House Homeland Security Committee.