Thursday, July 22, 2021

Review - HR 4005 Introduced - Enhancing K–12 Cybersecurity

Last month, Rep Matsui (D,CA) introduced HR 4005, the Enhancing K–12 Cybersecurity Act. The bill would require CISA to establish a school cybersecurity information exchange, a cybersecurity incident registry, and a K–12 cybersecurity technology improvement program. The bill would authorize $10 million per year through 2023 to fund such programs. This bill is not related to S 1917, K–12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021, in anyway.

Matsui is not a member of either the House Homeland Security Committee or the Education and Labor Committee to which this bill was assigned for consideration. Four of her cosponsors {Rep Katko (R,NY), Rep Langevin (D,RI), Rep Garbarino (R,NY), Rep McCaul (R,TX)} are members of the Homeland Security Committee (and Katko is the Ranking Member) so there is probably sufficient influence available to see this bill considered in Committee. I see nothing in this bill that would draw organized opposition.

I suspect that there would be sufficient bipartisan support for this bill in Committee that the House leadership would move this bill to the floor of the House under the suspension of the rules process.

For a more detailed analysis of the bill and my suggestions for its improvement, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - - subscription required.

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