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Rep. Anna Eshoo’s Bill Seeks to Counter Cyber Attacks

CyberCrimeKeyboardRep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) has proposed a bill meant to establish best practices with the goal of combating cyber attacks on U.S. networks.

Eshoo said Thursday “system administrators can better protect their networks and consumer data from a majority of known cyber threats” using established “commonsense best practices.”

Eshoo, a ranking member of the communications and technology subcommittee, authored the Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act based on President Barack Obama’s 2013 executive order.

The legislation seeks to instruct the National Institute of Standards and Technology to institute voluntary best practices for network security in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Homeland Security.

The bill also requires that the security practices be reviewed and updated annually, and be made available via a public-facing portal.

DHS will also be charged with assessing cybersecurity threats to mobile devices under the bill.

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