Friday, October 6, 2017

Bills Introduced – 10-05-17

As the House and Senate get ready to leave Washington for a long weekend in the House and for a week in their home State in the Senate there were 72 bills introduced. Of those, three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 3968 To amend the Small Business Act to provide loan guarantees for the acquisition of cybersecurity technology and services by eligible small businesses, and for other purposes. Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]

HR 3985 To establish a working group of public and private entities led by the Food and Drug Administration to recommend voluntary frameworks and guidelines to increase the security and resilience of Internet of Medical Things devices, and for other purposes. Rep. Trott, David A. [R-MI-11] 

S 1934 A bill to prevent catastrophic failure or shutdown of remote diesel power engines due to emission control devices, and for other purposes. Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]

It will be interesting to see what definitions of cybersecurity HR 3968 uses to see if the loan program would include support for control system cybersecurity.

A new cyber term (Internet of Medical Things – IoMT) has been introduced in the description of HR 3985. It will be interesting to see if the language of the bill uses the term, and, if so, how it is defined.

S 1934 is about a specific type of control system and it will be interesting to see what definitions are used. I would like to be able to say that I expect to see some cybersecurity language in the bill, but I am not that naïve. But, I can always hope.

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