DOJ pushes Congress for changes in cybersecurity act


Mike Allen

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, the Justice Department’s second-ranking official, and FBI Director Christopher Wray are pushing Congress to increase the FBI’s role under a major cybersecurity bill.

Driving the news: The bill passed the Senate this week and is being discussed in the House.

Why it matters: The bill is “the most significant cyber legislation in history,” reports The Washington Post, which says House prospects are good for the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act.

State of play: Under the current bill, companies report cyberattacks to the Department of Homeland Security. DOJ, saying every second counts, says such reports should also go to the FBI immediately, with the same protection from FOIA that the DHS reports receive.

Wray, the FBI director, said in a statement that in...

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