Legislative Activity

Information Sharing Legislation

Last week, the chief executives of the American Bankers Association, Financial Services Roundtable and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association sent a letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) to urge the Senate to pass cybersecurity information sharing legislation. While movement on information sharing legislation has slowed after the National Security Agency leaks, critical infrastructure owners and operators continue to advocate for legislation that will help them to share and receive information more effectively with the federal government. Chairman Feinstein and Ranking Member Chambliss are currently in the process of drafting legislation that would address some of the issues in the letter but have not indicated when they intend to introduce a bill.

This Week’s Hearings:

  • Tuesday, November 19: The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing at 10:00 am titled “Is My Data on Healthcare.gov Secure?”
  • Tuesday, November 19: At 10:15 am, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on the security of the Healthcare.gov website.

Executive Branch Activity

NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held its final workshop with stakeholders to discuss the draft Cybersecurity Framework that was required as part of the President’s Executive Order on cybersecurity released in February 2013. NIST plans to use the feedback that they received at the workshop to make additional changes to the Cybersecurity Framework before a final version is released in February 2014. Stakeholders are still able to submit comments on the NIST draft Cybersecurity Framework until Friday, December 13.