House Panel Approves Cyber-security Awareness Act
Legislation would mandate that National Institute of Standards and Technology develop a plan to ensure cyber-security coordination within the U.S. government.
A U.S. House subcommittee approved
Nov. 4 the Cybersecurity Coordination and Awareness Act, legislation that would
require NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) to develop and
implement a plan to ensure coordination within the U.S. government with regard to the
development of international cybersecurity technical standards.
The bill, approved by the the Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, would also require NIST to develop and implement a cybersecurity awareness and education program and engage in research and development to improve identity management systems.
"Twenty-two years ago, this Committee paved the way for federal cybersecurity efforts with the Computer Security Act of 1987, which charged NIST with developing technical standards to protect non-classified information on federal computer systems and was the first of 13 major laws related to cybersecurity," Subcommittee Chairman David Wu (D-OR), said in a statement.