The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be required to put in place a formal cybersecurity strategy, following passage on Tuesday of a House bill, according to The Hill.
The bill requires the DHS to serve as a junction for cyberthreat information sharing across federal and private entities. The agency also will provide technical assistance to organizations which suffer cyberattacks, including detecting hacker activity and repairing damage.
"This legislation is proof that there is bipartisan support for finding effective solutions to this issue, and that we are not content to leave security to improvisation,” Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., one of the bill's sponsors, said in a statement.
Several other bills in process also seek to broaden the DHS's authority in monitoring networks and searching for intruders, although a September report found the agency short of personnel, lacking in its training of staff and insufficient in coordinating with other agencies.