WASHINGTON, DC — December 11, 2014 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed a series of measures passed in the final weeks of the 113th Congress to bolster US cybersecurity capabilities.
“The steps Congress has taken this week will improve America’s cybersecurity posture by giving the federal government greater resources and authority to guard its own networks and share actionable threat information with the private sector,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “This is important progress. We look forward to the President signing the legislation into law.”
Congress passed several cybersecurity bills this week, including:
- The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (S.2521) to reform the way federal agencies protect their networks by allowing them to be more nimble and adaptive rather than constrained by fixed bureaucratic protocols;
- The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act of 2014 (S.2519), which codifies coordination processes among federal agencies and with private entities to improve incident response and technical assistance; and
- The DHS Cybersecurity Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act of 2014 (S.2354) to better recruit, train, educate, develop and retain a highly-qualified federal cybersecurity workforce.
- The Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act (H.R.2952) to require the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate and enhance its cybersecurity workforce.
“America faces a growing volume of sophisticated cybersecurity threats. These bills mark an important step forward in addressing the challenge,” said Espinel. “I commend Senators Carper and Coburn; Representatives McCaul, Meehan, Clarke and Thompson; and other Members of Congress who championed this legislation and look forward to working with them to build on this progress in the next Congress.”