Legislation introduced in the US to help public and private sector organizations better respond to large scale cyber attacks
- Published: Wednesday, 28 April 2021 09:13
US Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide additional resources and better coordination for serious cyber attacks or breaches.
The legislation would help improve the federal response to cyber breaches and would allow the Secretary of Homeland Security to declare a Significant Cyber Incident following a breach of public and/or private networks, and would also establish a Cyber Response and Recovery Fund for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to provide direct support to public or private entities as they respond and recover from significant cyber attacks and breaches.
The Cyber Response and Recovery Act would create an authority for the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the National Cyber Director, to declare a Significant Cyber Incident in the event of an ongoing or imminent attack that would impact national security, economic security, or government operations. This declaration would empower CISA to coordinate federal and non-federal response efforts, and allow the Secretary access to a Cyber Response and Recovery Fund that would help support federal and non-federal entities impacted by the event. The bill would authorize $20 million over seven years for the fund and would require DHS to report to Congress on its use.