The House lawmakers have finally approved cybersecurity legislation on Monday. This bill will secure the technologies used to protect critical infrastructure from any type of cyberattacks. The bill will still need to get approved by the Senate before being signed into law by the President.
The Department of Homeland Security has been tasked with identifying cyber threats to industrial control systems and have been mitigating them. However, they have been operating within certain limitations.
“The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress and was published on May 9, 2018.
DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act of 2018
This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to expand the responsibilities of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to ensure that the center’s activities address the security of both information and operational technology, including industrial control systems. Additionally, the center must maintain capabilities to identify and address threats and vulnerabilities to products and technologies intended for use in the automated control of critical infrastructure processes by: (1) leading efforts to mitigate cybersecurity threats to industrial control systems, (2) maintaining cross-sector incident response capabilities to respond to cybersecurity incidents, and (3) providing cybersecurity technical assistance to stakeholders.”
So, basically, this bill will require the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to develop and maintain capabilities designed to mitigate threats and vulnerabilities. It will also require Homeland Security to provide cyber technical support to end-users and anyone capable of helping them to find and mitigate vulnerabilities in industrial control systems. With this type of integration in support,
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