Lawmakers Introduce Cybersecurity Legislation in Both Chambers
Thursday, July 06, 2017 | Comments

Lawmakers introduced legislation to combat cyber attacks and cyber crime against U.S. computer networks. The Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act instructs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to establish a baseline set of voluntary best practices for good cyber hygiene that are made available online.

In addition, the bill instructs the agencies to consider the cyber hygiene benefits of standard cybersecurity measures such as multifactor authentication and data loss prevention. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Susan Brooks introduced the legislation in the House, and Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ed Markey introduced it in the Senate.

“The internet of things (IoT) era is defined by the connectivity of the daily digital world — our devices, appliances and machines now communicate with one another across rooms, across states and across oceans,” Markey said. “But the IoT era could morph into the internet of threats era if appropriate cybersecurity safeguards are not put in place now to protect consumers. This legislation will help establish best practices for good cyber hygiene such as two-factor authentication, an important step that will help Americans protect against cyber hacks and attacks.”

The bill would establish a baseline set of voluntary best practices, ensure these practices are reviewed and updated annually, make the established best practices available in a clear and concise manner on a publicly accessible website, and instruct DHS to study cybersecurity threats relating to IoT devices.

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