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Report: House Subcommittee OKs Cybersecurity Defense Bill, Includes Private-Public Sharing Provision

CyberStockThe House homeland security subcommittee has moved to pass legislation to bolster the country’s cybersecurity posture against threats on critical infrastructure, Homeland Security Today reported Wednesday.

Anthony Kimery writes the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013, filed by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) is meant to amend existing provisions on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure.

McCaul, Meehan, and committee members Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement that the bill mandates the Homeland Security Department to oversee cybersecurity operations and fosters cooperation between the public and private sectors, according to the report.

The NCCIP Act aims to empower the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to aid in cyber threat information sharing, update the National Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan and protect federal civilian information systems, the report says.

Kimery writes the bill also organizes the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and cyber incident response teams.

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