House Homeland Security Committee Backs Cybersecurity Bill

Law360, Washington (February 5, 2014, 7:04 PM EST) -- The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would force the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to beef up cybersecurity standards for the federal government and critical infrastructure.

Although the bill — H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act — does not provide the DHS with any additional regulatory authority, it encourages the agency to work with private industry on cybersecurity protection and incident response efforts.

“Cyberattacks on our oil and gas facilities, electric grids, water systems, banks and transportation...
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