Critical Infrastructure Security, Compliance Management

New cybersecurity bills passed by House, Senate panels

Cybersecurity bills targeted at addressing vulnerabilities in open-source software and satellites have been approved by the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees, reports The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. Bipartisan legislation mandating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to create a risk framework for open-source software usage in the federal government has been advanced by the House panel to accompany a measure approved by the Senate panel in March, which also seeks to significantly mitigate open-source vulnerabilities that have gained the spotlight following the widespread Log4j hack. The House panel has also passed a measure that would order CISA to provide a cybersecurity training program for Department of Homeland Security employees not involved in cybersecurity. Meanwhile, the Senate Homeland Security Committee has advanced a bipartisan measure that would provide better cyber defenses to satellite owners and operators by compelling CISA to provide threat information and resources. Another bipartisan bill creating a civilian cybersecurity reserve pilot program has been passed by the Senate panel.

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