On the 2020 Congressional cybersecurity agenda: Critical infrastructure, copyright…

lead centered=”no”Despite the distraction of an election year, Congress is expected to give the Department of Homeland Security tools to identify critical infrastructure threats and copyright exemptions to security researchers./lead

Distracted by high-profile developments, gridlocked by partisan resentment, and time-crunched due to the election year, Congress is nevertheless swinging into gear on specific cybersecurity issues, Washington insiders told attendees at Shmoocon 2020 this past weekend. Among the top items that Congress might tackle are new subpoena powers to address critical infrastructure threats, a big-picture policy report, and copyright law exemptions that protect security researchers.

Congressional interest in cybersecurity has escalated over the past decade, the panelists agreed. “Congress members are aware of a challenge. They want to do something to fix it,” Nick Leiserson, legislative director to Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, said. “There is engagement, and that is very important. That is a change that is not where we were ten years ago when my boss was being looked at oddly by his colleagues. You know, they were like, ‘Here’s the tinfoil hat, Jim,'” he said.

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