Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Review - S 2610 Introduced – FY 2022 Intel Authorization

Earlier this month, Sen Warner (D,VA) introduced S 2610, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022. The bill was adopted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a Committee Report on the bill has been published. While major portions of the bill are classified, both the bill and the report do include cybersecurity references.

There are three sections of the bill that address cybersecurity related matter and there are three separate sections that include cybersecurity mentions in passing. The three cybersecurity related sections are:

§343 – Report on the assessment of all-source cyber intelligence information, with an emphasis on supply chain risks,

§604 – Access by Comptroller General of the United States to certain cybersecurity records, and

§606 – Study on vulnerability of Global Positioning System to hostile actions.

This is one of those annual ‘must pass’ authorization bills and it is likely to be considered under regular order. The bill was adopted by a unanimous vote in Committee, so I expect that the bill would receive substantial bipartisan support on the floor of the Senate.

For more details about the provisions of the bill and cybersecurity mentions in the Committee Report see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - https://patrickcoyle.substack.com/p/s-2610-introduced  - subscription required.

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