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House Lawmakers Seek to Improve Federal Cybersecurity With FISMA 2022 Bill

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and ranking member James Comer, R-Ky., have proposed a bipartisan bill to improve the federal government’s defenses against cyberattacks.

“The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2022 elevates our federal cyber defenses to the next level, taking a cutting-edge and strategic approach to ensure federal IT systems can better prepare for and respond to today’s cyber challenges,” Maloney said in a statement published Tuesday.

FISMA 2022 would promote shared services; push for a risk-based cybersecurity posture through adoption of zero trust, automation, cloud migration and other principles; streamline and modernize reporting requirements through the use of automation; and require agencies to maintain inventories of internet-accessible information systems and advance information sharing.

The proposed legislation would also clarify the roles of the Office of Management and Budget, National Cyber Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Chief Information Security Officer and other federal offices to facilitate cooperation on cyber incidents.