Rep. Don Bacon proposes act following threatening cyberattacks

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLKN)- Nebraska’s Second District Congressman, Don Bacon, has introduced the DHS Roles and Responsibilities Cyber Space Act, H.R. 5658, which would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to assess its cyber incident response plans and procedures.

The proposed act follows the May 2021 attack on Colonial Pipeline.  The cyberattack was the largest on energy infrastructure in American history causing significant disruptions to gasoline and aviation fuel delivery throughout the Southeast.

According to a release from Bacon, days later JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat supplier, was forced to suspend operations at nine processing facilities in the United States following a similar ransomware attack.

“Our cyber incident response framework must evolve to match the threat,” said Rep. Don Bacon, “This bill will set the conditions for improvements in our national cyber defenses by requiring the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a thorough review of its cyber incident response plans, including how it works with private sector entities, and provide recommendations for improvement.”

Current co-sponsors of the act include three members of the House Committee on Homeland Security: Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Ritchie Torres, Ranking Committee Republican Rep. John Katko, and Rep. Andrew Garbarino.

The proposed bill will need to be reviewed by the committee and be voted on, in favor, by the house and senate before going to the president.

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