DHS Funding for Cybersecurity Grows In New Bill – Along With Oversight

From: MeriTalk

The Consolidated Appropriations Act–the bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators that could avert another partial government shutdown–features more cybersecurity-related funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), but also further obligations to report to Congress in the coming months on key security-related issues.


The joint explanatory statement notes that DHS will need to brief Congress on the updated timeline and acquisition strategy for the National Cybersecurity Protection System, also known as EINSTEIN, and the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program within 90 days of the bill’s passage, and on a semiannual basis going forward. And the statement specifically calls for more information about the accelerated deployment of CDM Phase 4, data protection management.

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