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Bill Would Force Federal Agencies To Toughen Cybersecurity

The bill, introduced in the House, also grants the White House Office of Management and Budget greater authority to guide agencies on IT security issues. Legislation to require federal agencies to account for cybersecurity when conducting information systems planning and acquisition was introduced Tuesday by two House leaders on federal government IT policy. The bill, HR 4570, also grants the White House Office of Management and Budget greater authority to guide agencies on IT security issues. The legislation updates the Clinger-Cohen Act, which requires the heads of federal agencies to link IT investments to agency accomplishments and establish a process to select, manage, and control their IT investments. “Cyberattackers specifically target the federal government because of the high value of penetrating or taking over government systems,” co-sponsor Rep. Adam Putnam, R.-Fla., said in a statement introducing the bill. “A myriad of automated attack tools are operating around the clock scanning the Internet for systems that can be taken over. I am very concerned that we may not be giving adequate consideration to security.” Full Story

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