Congressman Ralph Abraham, (R-Alto), on Feb. 27th introduced HR 1224, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Assessment and Auditing Act of 2017, in response to cyberattacks targeting federal agencies, according to a press release released by the congressman’s media center.
Specifically, H.R. 1224 would:
- Prompt federal agencies to follow National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) cybersecurity protocols and technical standards
- Directs NIST to establish outcome-based metrics for testing the effectiveness of federal agencies’ cybersecurity, and requires NIST to report to Congress the results of an initial assessment and subsequent, regular audits of cybersecurity measures at the federal agencies most at risk of cyber-attacks.
“Current practices to protect our federal cybersecurity systems are insufficient. This bill will help the federal government implement a consistent, user-friendly framework that each agency can tailor to meet its own unique cybersecurity needs, and it provides the NIST the authority it needs to help ensure our federal agencies’ cybersecurity systems are up to standard,” said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (SST).