Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Homeland Security Mark-up Hearing – 09-13-18

This morning the House Homeland Security Committee announced that it would be conducting a mark-up hearing for five pieces of legislation including:

• H.R 6620, Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act;
• HR 6735, To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a vulnerability disclosure policy for Department of Homeland Security internet websites, and for other purposes; and
S 1281, Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2017

The official copy of HR 6620 just recently became available and I have just glanced through it at this point; hopefully I’ll get a chance to review it here before Thursday. The quick glance that I have done indicates that this is a ‘collect information and report to Congress’ type of bill, rather than something that will authorized any sort of action similar to S 2836.

The official copy of HR 6735 is not yet available, but a Committee Print is. There is not much in this bill of specific interest to readers of this blog beyond the fact that it uses the definition of ‘security vulnerability’ from 6 USC 1501 which is, in turn, based upon the ICS-inclusive definition of information system while the bill uses the IT-restrictive definition of ‘information system’ from 44 USC 3502.

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