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Cybersecurity Legislation to Stay Abreast of in 2020

The 116th Congress saw the filing of three hundred cybersecurity legislation. In this CSO article, Cynthia Brumfield shares the cybersecurity legislation of 2020.

Turning into Laws

While only nine became a law, here is a probable list of 2020 cybersecurity legislation:

What the House Passed:

R. 3710 – Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act: Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) can establish security to address vulnerabilities. The Science and Technology Directorate can start an incentive program that rewards innovative solutions.

R.2331 – SBA Cyber Awareness Act and H.R.1649 – Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2019: SBA must provide an annual report on existing technologies, requirements, and incidents to Congress. An account of the systems used in doing business with the People’s Republic of China is necessary. The Training Act requires SBA to launch a training program for employees to assist small businesses.

R. 328 – Hack Your State Department Act: The Secretary of State must create a model for the Vulnerability Disclosure Process (VDP) and improve the Department of State’s cybersecurity protocols. A mandatory bug bounty program will detect and report vulnerabilities in the Department of State’s internet-dependent technologies.

R. 1 – For the People Act of 2019: The cybersecurity legislation facilitates election security.

What the Senate Passed:

333 – National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2019: Department of Homeland Security can work with nonprofit institutions to create, upgrade, and provide cybersecurity training to homeland security.

1846 – State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2019: The Homeland Security secretary can permit and participate in cooperative contracts with states, governments, and non-federal institutions to boost cybersecurity.

406 – Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2019: The cybersecurity legislation permits government agency employees to handover responsibilities to rotational employees of other agencies.

In the Committee:

R. 3941 – The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization Act: It founds FedRAMP in the General Services Administration. The process allows the Federal Government to use cloud computing services.

R.1668 – IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can manage internet-of-things (IoT) cybersecurity risks for devices that the federal government took over.

R.4237 – Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act: The Secretary of Homeland Security can form a program for CISA that will continuously identify and mitigate cybersecurity issues.

R.739 – Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2019: It will form the Office of International Cyberspace Policy at the State Department and create a list of countrywide accepted behavior of the netizens.

3033 – K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2019: The DHS must set rules to address school cybersecurity issues.

Topics on a Roll:

  • Congress sanctioned $425 million to boost election security.
  • The Baltimore, Pensacola, and New Orleans city governments and some U.S. municipalities faced ransomware attacks.
  • Trump Administration bans Huawei. The U.S. Navy and Army banned TikTok.
  • The DHS wants to authorize CISA to talk to core companies that are potential targets of external attacks.

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