President Signs Cybersecurity Legislation

By David Bruggeman
January 5, 2015

The President signed several cybersecurity bills toward the end of 2014.  Much of the legislation signed by President Obama affects various cybersecurity functions within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

Federal Information Security Modernization Act (S. 2521) – Updates the Federal Information Management Security Act of 2002.  The Office of Management and Budget would oversee implementation of agency information security policies and DHS would have the lead administrative role.  Compliance would

National Cybersecurity Protection Act (S.2519) – Formalizes in law the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at DHS.

Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act (H.R. 2952) – Requires DHS to produce a cybersecurity workforce assessment and strategy document on a regular basis, and to provide Congress with an assessment of costs and other requirements for a Cybersecurity Fellowship program.

Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act (S. 1691) – Part of this bill allows the DHS to exempt certain cybersecurity positions from some federal hiring rules.

Cybersecurity Enhancement Act (S.1353) – The bill formalizes in law the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) process behind the Cybersecurity Framework.  It also supports the continuation of the Cyber Scholarship for Service program, National Science Foundation (NSF) research and development on cybersecurity and other computing security, as well as other research for both the NSF and NIST.