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Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Update FISMA

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Two senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would reform a law governing information technology system protection at federal agencies.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., authored the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2021 with Ranking Member Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in a push to ensure that government organizations have the funds and tools to confront an evolving cyber threat landscape, according to a press release posted Monday on Peters' official website.

The legislation would give the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) more authority to handle attacks on civilian IT networks and ensure the timeliness of incident or breach reports from agencies and their contractors.

The FISMA reform proposal also seeks to implement high-level security measures for systems and sensitive government data through the codification of President Biden's cybersecurity directive.

Congress last updated the law in 2014 and the committee led by Peters plans to take it up on Wednesday.

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