House Passes Host Of Bills To Strengthen Cybersecurity After Attacks

"The House on Tuesday approved five bipartisan measures designed to enhance various aspects of the nation’s cybersecurity following recent major cyberattacks.

The cyber-related package passed in a 319-105 vote. It included measures to fund cybersecurity at the state and local level, bolster reporting requirements and test critical infrastructure.

One bill, the State and Local Cybersecurity Act, would establish a grant program to provide $500 million annually to state and local governments over the next five years for cybersecurity needs. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee’s cyber panel, is the lead sponsor of that bill.

Also included in the package was the Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act, which would improve the reporting of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The bill, primarily sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), was previously passed by the House in 2019, but failed to get a vote in the Senate."

Maggie Miller reports for The Hill July 20, 2021.


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Source: The Hill, 07/22/2021