House bill would expand DHS authority over private networks

March 18, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Info Security

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) has introduced legislation that would expand the Department of Homeland Security’s authority over private networks determined to be part of US critical infrastructure.

The bill, the Executive Cyberspace Coordination Act, would give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the authority to establish “risk-enforced security practices and standards for critical infrastructure”, according to a summary of the legislation issued by Langevin’s office.

DHS would have the authority to create, verify, and enforce measures to protect information systems that control critical infrastructure. And the department would have the power to determine what critical infrastructure would be covered by the legislation.

The House bill would also establish a National Office for Cyberspace within the White House that would evaluate and enforce cybersecurity requirements for federal agencies, make certain that the government buys the “most advanced and secure technology possible”, and train the federal workforce in cybersecurity.

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