Compliance Management, Government Regulations

Bill to codify DHS cyber program introduced into Senate after passing House

Two weeks after it passed the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill that would codify and modernize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) cybersecurity program was introduced into the Senate.

Known as the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, the legislation was originally proposed last July by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Tex., and ushered into the Senate yesterday by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex. and Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. 

“Cyberattacks are escalating at an alarming rate, making it vital that our federal agencies have access to programs and tools to help mitigate these risks,” Cornyn said in a press release. “This legislation would help ensure the Department of Homeland Security can continue to rely on and evolve the CDM program to understand and defend against the cyber threats before them.”

“By establishing in law the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program at the Department of Homeland Security and requiring the Department to develop policies for updating the program’s vulnerability detection capabilities to keep pace with ever-evolving threats, this bipartisan bill will further strengthen our nation’s defense in the face of cyber threats from Russia, China, criminal hackers, and cyber terrorists,” said Hassan in the same release.

DHS’s CDM program provides the federal government with automation capabilities and tools for monitoring vulnerabilities and unauthorized network activity, and identifying and prioritizing security risks for mitigation.

Bradley Barth

As director of community content at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for SC Media online conferences and events, as well as video/multimedia projects. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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