Wednesday, December 16, 2015

House Passes HR 3878 – Port Cybersecurity

This afternoon the House passed HR 3878, the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2015. There was only 17 minutes of debate under suspension of the rules and it was passed by voice vote.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post amendments were made to this bill in Committee to make changes to 46 USC 70101 and 70103 to add ‘cybersecurity’ provisions to MTSA requirements for vulnerability assessments and security plans for facilities and vessels. This will be the first official mention of cybersecurity in the MTSA programs.

The bill is still missing any specific requirement for covered facilities or vessels to report cybersecurity incidents to the Coast Guard. There is very little chance that such reporting requirements will be made in the Senate since this bill will probably move directly to the Senate floor under the unanimous consent process.

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