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U.S. House Advances NIST Cyberattack Defense Bill

U.S. House Advances NIST Cyberattack Defense Bill

A bill that could help such federal agencies as the FDIC and the IRS better secure themselves against cyberattack has reached the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. HR 1224, which directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to advise agencies on better defenses, earlier this month made it out of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on a 19 to 14 vote.

If approved, the bill requires NIST within six months to provide “guidance that Federal agencies may use” to implement the voluntary “cybersecurity framework” that NIST first introduced in 2014. Serving as a road map to better web defenses, that framework offers best practices that agencies can follow to shield themselves from attack.

“This common-sense legislation takes advantage of NIST’s unique capabilities to both develop cybersecurity standards and guidelines, which NIST does now, and go further and evaluate and assess the extent of federal agencies’ compliance with them,” said committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). The NIST guidance would include metrics to measure how well agencies can defend against cyberattack, along with security assessments and other measures.

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