Senate Bill Would Enact DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics, Mitigation Program

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Jeff Brody

Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, unveiled a bill enacting a Department of Homeland Security program offering federal agencies a wide range of cybersecurity tools to continuously monitor government networks. The Advancing Cybersecurity Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation Act would expand the availability of CDM platforms at the federal, state and local levels as well as create data-based risk and incident reporting policies, Hassan’s office said Tuesday.

“Cyber-attacks on government networks are increasing in frequency and sophistication, so updating the programs and tools federal agencies use to thwart these attempts is critical,” said Cornyn. “By codifying the CDM program and providing congressional oversight, we can ensure the federal government is better prepared for cyber threats.”

Hassan also co-sponsored legislation that would make DHS cyber hunt and incident response groups permanent to help agencies and companies counter security threats.