House Introduces Bill to Improve Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection

February 19, 2014

House Introduces Bill to Improve Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection

On December 11, 2013, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), along with co-sponsors Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), introduced the “National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013” (H.R. 3696). If passed, the bill would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-296) to improve cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Specifically, the bill would codify the Department of Homeland Security’s role in the cybersecurity information-sharing apparatus. Additionally, the bill would amend the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act by clarifying that companies producing cybersecurity technologies are entitled to liability protections under the act. Notably absent from the bill, however, were the broad liability protections proposed in earlier drafts of the bill that were offered to companies in exchange for sharing cybersecurity information. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Homeland Security; the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 






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