House Oversight Committee unveils FISMA overhaul bill

From: 1500am

A House committee has unveiled its version of a bill to overhaul how federal agencies carry out cybersecurity.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform posted the bill on its Madison website to let people view the bill before it is formally introduced.

“The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 enhances the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002 by improving the framework for ensuring security over the information technology systems that support the federal government. It establishes a mechanism for stronger oversight through a focus on automated and continuous monitoring of cybersecurity threats and conducting regular threat assessments,” according to the committee website.

Chairman Darryl Issa (R-Calif.) says the bill is the result of years of bipartisan work. It’s called the Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012. Like a similar Senate bill, it calls on agency technology staffs to continuously monitor networks to prevent cyber intrusions.


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