House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) speaks at the March 8 markup of his DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act. (House Homeland Security Committee video)

House Approves Legislation to Authorize DHS Cyber Teams

House lawmakers on Monday passed legislation that would codify into law the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber incident response teams that help protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

Lawmakers passed the bill, sponsored by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), in a voice vote Monday afternoon.

The legislation would authorize the “cyber hunt and incident response teams” at Homeland Security to help owners and operators of critical infrastructure respond to cyberattacks as well as provide strategies for mitigating cybersecurity risks.

The bill would also allow Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to add cybersecurity specialists from the private sector to the response teams.

Read more at The Hill

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