Signed Into Law: McCaul’s Historic Legislation Cementing Cybersecurity Agency at DHS
Washington D.C. – Today, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul’s (R-TX) landmark legislation to bolster cyber defenses and improve the security of our nation’s critical infrastructure, H.R. 3359, was signed into law by President Trump. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act will streamline and operationalize the current structure of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and establishes it as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Chairman McCaul: “From state sponsored hacking to brand name breaches, our enemies are carrying out major cyber-attacks with increased frequency. This historic, bipartisan legislation is a significant step forward to safeguard the continued success of DHS’ cyber mission and improve our collective defenses. This streamlining and elevation will improve the security of our federal networks and critical infrastructure by bolstering DHS’s capabilities to better match the structure with its current authorities and improve information sharing with the private sector.
“I commend my colleagues in both the House and Senate for getting this landmark piece of legislation across the finish line to ensure a more secure digital America. I look forward to CISA’s implementation and I want to specifically thank President Trump, Secretary Nielsen, Undersecretary Krebs, and our partners at DHS for their overwhelming support in making this longstanding goal a reality.”
Specifically, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act will:
- Elevate the cybersecurity mission at DHS
- Streamline current cybersecurity efforts into a stand-alone, operational component
Ensure DHS can better support on critical infrastructure, including election infrastructure, by leveraging the full scope of cybersecurity services
- Provide the agency a name and director position to reflect operational objectives and effectively carry out existing authorities
- Embolden recruitment of top cyber talent