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Rep. Ratcliffe introduces bill to advance and modernize DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) program

Washington, DC, July 18, 2018

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), chairman of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee on the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced legislation today to advance and modernize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) program. The Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (H.R. 6443) will codify CDM at DHS.

“CDM is a critical component of our national cybersecurity strategy. Supporting DHS Under Secretary Krebs’ effective deployment and ongoing improvement of CDM at NPPD is a top priority of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee,” Ratcliffe said.

“Our goal with this new legislation is to help boost the long-term success of the CDM program by ensuring it keeps pace with the cutting-edge capabilities in the private sector. We’re also safeguarding agencies from getting stuck with technologies that will soon become outdated or unsupported by their vendors.”

The bill will require DHS to develop policies and procedures for reporting systemic cybersecurity risks and potential incidents based on data collected under CDM. It will also require regular improvements to CDM that keep pace with the emerging technologies, and it will help ensure that CDM continues to evolve and adjust to the changing cyber threat landscape.

“At the end of the day, cybersecurity is national security – and that means we’ve got to ensure we’re addressing the dangers at our digital borders through risk-based, cost-effective strategies enabled by programs like CDM. I’m hopeful for the strong support of our bill to back this important mission, as the cyber threats we face continue to evolve.”