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Bipartisan Bill Would Grant CISA Supoena Authority for Critical Infrastructure; Sen Ron Johnson Quoted

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Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson

Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., have introduced a bill that would authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to summon internet service providers for information, Fifth Domain reported Thursday.

The bill would grant CISA subpoena authority to gather information of an ISP’s customers suspected to be using vulnerable infrastructure.

CISA would gather only critical infrastructure-related information under this authority, in support of cybersecurity. The subpoenas would require an official electronic signature from CISA to avoid fraudulent access.

The legislation also aims to provide legal grounds through which CISA can identify and notify parties owning vulnerable critical infrastructure.

“This legislation gives CISA the authority necessary to reach out and warn owners of critical infrastructure that they are open and vulnerable to cyberattacks before they become a victim,” Johnson said in a statement posted by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs.