The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is set to receive new administrative authorities that will allow the agency to obtain subscriber information for vulnerable IT assets related to critical infrastructure. The provision was included in the final conference version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

A legislative proposal from CISA disclosed last year revealed that the agency was having trouble identifying owners of insecure, unpatched systems or devices that were connected to the internet. They requested Congress grant them new authorities to issue administrative subpoenas that would compel internet service providers to turn over basic subscriber information so the agency could contact the owners, notify them and offer assistance. The idea was endorsed by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and eventually worked its way into the House and Senate versions of the NDAA.

In an interview hours before the finalized conference bill was publicly released, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., sponsor of House legislation pushing the idea and a chief proponent in Congress, said he was excited to see the provision make it into the final NDAA.

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