Meehan bill would enhance cybersecurity
Bipartisan legislation that would enhance the cybersecurity of the nation's critical technology infrastructure was approved on Thursday by the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), the subcommittee chairman, introduced the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 with Reps. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), Bonnie Thompson (D-Mass.) and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.). "(On Thursday), the committee took a landmark step forward in securing the cybersecurity of our nation's critical infrastructure," the legislators said. "The recent Target incident in which 110 million Americans' personal information was compromised only underscores the very real and serious nature of the cyber threat today..." The legislation would strengthen the nation's cyber defense system by providing more oversight of the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity objectives. It would also codify the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a federal-civilian interface that processes real-time cyber threats. The measure also calls for public-private partnerships and steps to ensure that the privacy and civil liberties of individuals are protected. It would also codify aspects of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and Cyber Incident Response Team to provide technical assistance, crisis management and recommendations on cyber threats. "...We are greatly encouraged by the strong bipartisan support of the NCCIP Act, as well as the many endorsements it has received from both industry and privacy advocates, and we look forward to moving this legislation to the House floor," the legislators said.