Bill Would Let Feds Quickly Ban Software From Gov't Use

By Ben Kochman (April 25, 2018, 4:57 PM EDT) -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill Tuesday that would give the federal government authority to ban the use of private companies' software across government without notice, in a measure she said would help shield federal computer systems from foreign attacks.

Feinstein's Federal Network Protection Act would clarify that the secretary of homeland security does not need to warn a private entity or give it the ability to respond before issuing a binding order "on agency information security policies and practices." The proposed legislation comes seven months after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued such an order banning Moscow-based antivirus company...

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