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Ratcliffe cybersecurity bill passes U.S. House

Codifies the CDM program at DHS

Washington, DC, September 4, 2018

Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) bill to codify the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) passed the U.S. House of Representatives today without opposition.

The Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (H.R. 6443) will require development of procedures for reporting systemic cybersecurity risks, the regular deployment of new technologies and a strategy to ensure ongoing improvements to the program.

“The CDM program has proven to be an indispensable tool for DHS and NPPD in identifying and defending against cyber threats to our federal networks. Codification will help promote its ongoing success and improvement, so we can ensure our federal network protection efforts keep pace with the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape,” Ratcliffe said.

“I’m grateful for the strong, bipartisan support of my House colleagues in passing my CDM codification bill today, and I’m hopeful the Senate will act swiftly to advance this important measure on behalf of our national security.”

Ratcliffe chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection where he’s conducted rigorous oversight of the CDM program.