House bill would reorganize DHS, create Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The House Homeland Security Committee will consider a draft bill that would restructure the Department of Homeland Security, reports The Hill.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017 (H.R. 3359), authored by committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, would elevate the department's cybersecurity division by replacing the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the DHS with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Under the legislation, the director of the agency — who would report to the Homeland Security secretary — would be responsible for leading cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection programs and cyber response initiatives. The bill would also authorize the director to work with the private sector on cyber and infrastructure security, as well as organize a national effort to secure critical infrastructure.

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