Cyber Security Mission of DHS Overhauled with Passage of Bill in U.S House
The legislative body of U.S House recently approved an act which would organize afresh the cyber-security mission of Department of Homeland Security. Michael McCaul Chairman of Homeland Security Committee is the main person behind the legislation even as the House members' voice vote passed the bill on December 11, 2017.
The bill is set to organize afresh Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, taking it on a higher plain within its own functional body. NPPD takes care of critical infrastructures and federal networks' security against threats both physical and cyber.
The cyber-security initiative of Homeland Security has drawn special attention in 2017 since the department's officials are playing the lead role in contacting state as well as local officers for safeguarding election infrastructure, in particular, voter database against cyber-attacks. The Hill posted this, December 12, 2017.
Government officers from both Trump and Obama administrations lent support towards overhauling the NPPD that's presently Homeland Security main office's component. Once the bill is passed, NPPD would be renamed Cyber-security and Infrastructure Security Agency that would single handedly look after the protection of cyber as well as critical infrastructure.
Discussions over months regarding a probable overhaul of NPPD have led to the bill's passage; the participants -U.S. officials and Capitol Hill's lawmakers. During the last Congressional meeting, although McCaul put forth likewise legislation it, however, didn't move ahead to floor to get unanimous voice vote. The reason being legislators and officials were in disagreements regarding the way of the upcoming operational agency's formation.
In the summer, McCaul stated the new act would help NPPD getting increasingly streamlined and efficacious.
Nielsen, on December 11, lauded the bill's passage, while called upon Senate to usher in one likewise bill.
He continued that he wished for personally expressing gratitude to Chairman McCaul because of the work he tirelessly carried on for attaining the significant milestone towards taking ahead the mission of DHS. The legislation that received support from all parties had the current administration's top importance from the beginning of its formation. Nielsen said he was all ready to keep going in associating with Congress for taking the significant legislation ahead.
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