The U.S. Senate last week passed a bill requiring the Department of Homeland Security to maintain cyber hunt and incident response teams, while the House passed one that instructs DHS to share protocols for mitigating cyber vulnerabilities.

The Senate bill, S.315, aka the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, passed by unanimous consent on Sept. 24. The legislation seeks to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002, authorizing DHS' National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to permanently operate cyber hunt and incident response teams that can aid federal and non-federal entities in the event of a cyberattack, such as a ransomware infection.

Assistance may entail restoring services, identifying risk, detecting unauthorized cyber activity, developing mitigation strategies and mkaing cyber hygiene recommendations.

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