Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has backed a cybersecurity bill that the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent for a full Senate vote last week, Nextgov reported Friday.
Aliya Sternstein writes that the proposed Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act would support DHS surveillance of public Internet traffic on government IT networks.
“This bill will strengthen our cyber defenses by requiring all federal agencies to implement stronger protections and state-of-the-art technologies to defend against cyber attacks,” Johnson said in a statement, according to the report.
Sternstein reports that FCEA will also accelerate the rollout of the Einstein intrusion detection and prevention system alongside the implementation of several protections for privacy and civil liberties.
The report said the bill could also become an add-on to the Senate’s version of the proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.