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Senate Approves Bill Renaming DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate

The Senate has passed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018, which renames the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Christopher Krebs, undersecretary for the NPPD, approved the bill’s passage, saying that the new name “clarifies and clearly signifies our mission” and will “help significantly in terms of recruiting.”

The piece of legislation will also reorganize NPPD. What will eventually be known as CISA will be made up of three divisions: the Cybersecurity Division, the Infrastructure Security Division and the Emergency Communications Division.

Meanwhile, some offices currently placed under the NPPD will be relocated to other parts of the DHS.

The piece of legislation, however, will have to go back to the House for another vote, the House Committee on Homeland Security press office said. The version of the bill that the Senate had approved came through with two amendments.

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