House Passes Major Cybersecurity Legislation

House lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017.

The bill was sponsored by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security.

This landmark legislation will streamline the current structure of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and re-designate it as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) to more effectively execute cybersecurity and critical infrastructure related authorities.

“With the advancement of technology and our increased dependence on computer networks, nation states, hackers, and cybercriminals are finding new ways to attack our cyber infrastructure and expose vulnerabilities,” said Chairman McCaul.

“This re-alignment will achieve DHS’s goal of creating a stand-alone operational organization, focusing on and elevating its vital cybersecurity and infrastructure security missions to strengthen the security of digital America and our nation’s critical infrastructure,” he added.