The House of Representatives has approved three bills that would help the Homeland Security Department bolster initiatives to protect the nation’s infrastructure against cybercrime, BankInfoSecurity reported Tuesday.
Eric Chabrow writes the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act is designed to increase data exchange between DHS organizations and infrastructure operators.
“Particularly in light of the Snowden revelations, importantly the bill protects civil liberties by putting a civilian agency with the nation’s most robust privacy and civil liberties office in charge of preventing personal information from being shared while also prohibiting any new regulatory authority,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas), according to the publication.
Chabrow reports the Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act would direct DHS personnel to develop a strategy for accelerating cyber defense technology projects.
The Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act would mandate that the department establish a cybersecurity occupations classification system, according to Chabrow’s article.