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Senators introduce legislation to protect critical infrastructure against attack

April 23, 2021
The National Risk Management Act has been introduced by Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., reports The Hill.

The legislation aims to provide security protections for critical infrastructure, which is at an increased risk for cyberattacks and other national security threats. The bill would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency to perform a five-year national risk management cycle that involves the creation of a report with information on the major risks faced by critical infrastructure.

“The rules of war are being re-written. China and Russia are increasingly brazen in their use of cyber tools to get inside American critical infrastructure networks. These critical systems must be more resilient. It’s time to get serious about the future of war and how we protect the systems that allow our daily life to run smoothly,” said Sasse.

“We must stay ahead of emerging threats to critical infrastructure, and I am glad to work across the aisle to help ensure that the administration and Congress are working together to make our critical infrastructure sectors more secure,” Hassan added.
Jill Aitoro

SC Media Editor in Chief Jill Aitoro has 20 years of experience editing and reporting on technology, business and policy. She also serves as editorial director at SC Media’s parent company, CyberRisk Alliance. Prior to joining CRA, she worked at Sightline Media as editor of Defense News and executive editor of the Business-to-Government Group. She previously worked at Washington Business Journal and Nextgov, covering federal technology, contracting and policy, as well as CMP Media’s VARBusiness and CRN and Penton Media’s iSeries News.

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