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House Cyber Panel Chair Proposes Placing DHS in Charge of Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity legislation appears to be the main topic on Capitol Hill of late as Congress heads toward adjourning for the year.

Last week, the House Intelligence Committee approved a bill that would allow private companies to share cyber threat intelligence with the federal government.

On Tuesday, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) proposed an idea on how that could happen and who should be in charge of cybersecurity.

Lungren, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s cybersecurity panel plans to introduce legislation next week that would create a nonprofit National Information Sharing Organization that would serve as a go-to for governments, private companies and educational institutions for collecting and distributing cyberthreat information.

“The cyber threat must be addressed in partnership with the private sector which owns most of the country’s critical infrastructure,” Lungren said while opening a Tuesday hearing.

“This will require establishing ‘a true trusted partnership’ between government and the private sector. My objective is to create a partnership of equals designed to facilitate the exchange of cyber information and intelligence to accelerate cyber threat identification and remedies,” Lungren said.

The bill would also designate the Department of Homeland Security as the lead federal agency in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.


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