Friday, July 11, 2014

Bills Introduced – 07-10-14

Both the House and Senate were in session yesterday and forty-six bills were introduced. Only one will be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

S 2588 Latest Title: An original bill to improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne (D,CA)

This bill was marked up in a closed hearing yesterday before it was introduced and has had considerable mention in the various news outlets. An official copy is not yet available through the GPO, but the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence does have a committee draft available on its web site. There is also a committee press release describing the bill and the amendments that were made yesterday.

I have only done a quick scan of this bill and it would affect industrial control systems as the definition of ‘Information System’ specifically “includes industrial control systems, such as supervisory control and data acquisition systems, distributed control systems, and programmable logic controllers” {§2(11)}.

There will be more on this bill at a later date.

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