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National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

Washington, the lawDC

The House of Representatives recently passed Cybersecurity Legislation. The bill was unamiously approved.

The bill provides the following legislation.

Prohibits new regulatory authority at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is budget neutral;

Codifies and strengthens the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), a
federal civilian, transparent interface to facilitate real-time cyber threat information sharing across critical
infrastructure sectors;

Establishes an equal partnership between private industry and DHS, and ensures that DHS properly
recognizes industry-led entities to facilitate critical infrastructure protection and incident response;

Codifies and strengthens the successful aspects of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), a
public-private partnership framework that has been supported by the private sector since 2003;

Codifies the Cyber Incident Response Teams to provide timely technical assistance, crisis management, and
actionable recommendations on cyber threats to critical infrastructure owners and operators on a voluntary

Ensures that the National Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan is regularly updated and exercised in
coordination with federal, state, local, and private sector stakeholders;

Codifies DHS operational information security activities to protect and ensure the integrity and resiliency of
all federal civilian information systems and networks (.gov); and

Amends the SAFETY Act to establish a threshold for qualifying cyber incidents so private entities
can voluntarily submit their cybersecurity procedures to the SAFETY Act Office to gain additional liability
protections in the event of a qualifying cyber incident.

The bill  is endorsed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Chemistry Council (ACC), AT&T, Boeing, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), members of the energy and utilities sector, the GridWise Alliance, the financial services sector, the National Defense Industrial Association, Oracle, Entergy, Pepco, and the Professional Services Council. It is expected to be forwarded to the Senate for Approval sometime in the near future.

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