Thursday, September 7, 2017

HR 3101 Passes in Committee – Port Cybersecurity

This morning the House Homeland Security Committee adopted HR 3101, a bill that would establish a number of modest cybersecurity requirements for (and in support of) port operations. No amendments were offered and the bill was adopted in a voice vote; signifying significant bipartisan support.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, this bill relies on the IT-centric definition of cyber risk that would exclude control systems from the modest requirements established by this bill.

The bill will probably be taken up in the House at some future (probably not near future) date under the suspension of the rules provisions. No floor amendments would be allowed under those circumstances and a supermajority would be required for passage. If the bill makes it to the floor of the Senate, it would almost certainly pass.

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