House Panel Wants DHS Cybersecurity Unit Made Into Agency

By Daniel Wilson (June 9, 2016, 7:37 PM EDT) -- A U.S. House of Representatives panel approved a bill Wednesday that would elevate the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity division into a full-blown agency, a move intended to help fight the growing threat of cyberattacks, lawmakers claimed.

The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously approved H.R. 5390, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency Act, which would elevate the DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate to an operational agency instead of a component of DHS headquarters, and rename it the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency, sending the bill to the House floor for further consideration.

The NPPD is tasked with protecting physical...

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