By By Amy HochschildSource: The HillThe Hill/ReutersU.
S. lawmakers are pushing the Department of Homeland Security to expand a cybersecurity strategy that includes an increased focus on data breaches, a move that could result in a broader push for a cybersecurity policy that targets data breaches.
The move comes as President Donald Trump continues to push for more cyberattacks and cybersecurity laws.
The House of Representatives and the Senate are scheduled to discuss cybersecurity legislation in the coming weeks, and the White House is expected to release a cybersecurity plan sometime next month.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Wednesday that the Trump administration should expand the Cybersecurity Strategy to include an expanded focus on cyberattacks.
“It’s time for Congress to make sure that our government is able to protect its critical infrastructure from the cyberthreats that threaten our country,” Schiff said.
“We need a strategy that addresses this challenge, and this strategy must focus on protecting the privacy of our most vulnerable citizens.”
A Cybersecurity Act, or CISPA, was introduced in the Senate in July, but has not been introduced in its current form in the House.
The cybersecurity bill would provide greater cybersecurity protections for the government and private sector.
The bill would also allow the government to share cybersecurity information with private companies.
The legislation would also establish a national cyber intelligence center to develop a roadmap to build cyber defenses.
The bill also calls for the Department to update the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center to incorporate information from the private sector, with a goal of making it easier for private companies to use information from DHS to improve cybersecurity.
While the bill does not contain specific cybersecurity provisions, it is likely to include cybersecurity information sharing with the private sectors, according to cybersecurity experts.
“There are certainly a lot of people who want to make cybersecurity information more available, and that’s good, but the problem is that we don’t have the tools to do that,” said Matt Tittel, a cybersecurity expert at Johns Hopkins University and author of the book “Cybersecurity 101: How to Protect Your Data and Your Business.”
The House cybersecurity bill is likely a last-ditch effort to save the cyber bill, as House leaders have said they do not want to pass another cybersecurity bill.
Trump’s administration has been trying to craft a cybersecurity bill since January, and in March, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he wanted to move forward with a cybersecurity legislation.
However, the bill has not passed out of committee, and it has not made it out of the House Intelligence Committee.
“We’re working very hard to get this bill through the House, but we need to make it as difficult as possible for the White Houses,” Schiff told reporters Wednesday.
Schiff and others say that cybersecurity legislation would be beneficial to the U.S., as it would provide a way to identify and address threats before they become national security threats.
“The best way to protect our country is to make cyber threats a national security threat, and when they become a national threat, we need the resources and the ability to respond to them effectively,” Schiff added.
The White House has also said that the cybersecurity legislation should include an increase in funding for cybersecurity experts and programs that would assist with cybersecurity, such as the National Cybersecurity Center.