By Caleb Skeath
Congress approved a package of five cybersecurity bills after a series of votes in the House and Senate this week, increasing the likelihood that some cybersecurity-related legislation will be signed into law by the end of this year. None of the bills address some of the larger, more contentious cybersecurity issues, such as immunity for private companies that share cybersecurity threat information with the federal government. Instead, the bills focus on narrower cybersecurity issues and the structures and procedures of the federal agencies that oversee cybersecurity. Two of the measures, S. 2519 and S. 2521, are primarily focused on centralizing the federal government’s cybersecurity efforts and enhancing information sharing with the private sector, while another, S. 1353, provides for the development of a voluntary set of cybersecurity standards for the private sector. The remaining bills, S. 1691 and H.R. 2592, are focused on strengthening the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity workforce and recruitment efforts.
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