Homeland Security Approved Cyber security Bill "PRECISE" (H.R. 3674)

Homeland Security Approved Cyber security Bill "PRECISE" (H.R. 3674)

The House Homeland Security Committee approved H.R. 3674, the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011 (the PRECISE Act) by voice vote, after a lengthy mark-up session that saw the bill’s scope scaled back. This Cybersecurity bill was approved on April 18 aimed at securing federal information systems and helping private sector critical infrastructure owners/operators, but key committee members complained that its watered-down provisions weren’t adequate. The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) in February had aimed to create a national information sharing organization to oversee the cyber protection of critical infrastructure, but will now only authorize the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The committee’s ranking member, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), bitterly objected to the changes, saying they essentially gutted the bill. In a statement following the bill’s mark-up, he said it “bears little resemblance to the measure that the Cybersecurity Subcommittee approved in February.” He said key provisions that promoted information sharing between and among the private sector and government and privacy protections were removed behind closed doors by the committee’s leadership.


-Source (Govt. Security News)


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