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White House issues cybersecurity plan as GOP calls for restraint | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

“We remain steadfast in our belief that the Biden administration must streamline existing regulations while working with the private sector to identify new opportunities for partnership rather than punishment,” Reps. Mark E. Green, R-Tenn., and Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y., said in a statement.

Green is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Garbarino is chairman of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee.

“Implementation of this strategy must be a collaborative process that aims to ease regulatory burden while maintaining strong cybersecurity practices,” they said. “We intend to exercise strict oversight on CISA’s efforts as the responsible agency for at least 10 initiatives and a contributing entity to at least 19 initiatives, as it continues to execute its federal cybersecurity and critical infrastructure resilience mission,” they said, referring to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

The plan calls for the Office of the National Cyber Director and the Office of Management and Budget to work with federal agencies to develop, by the end of December, a uniform set of regulations for operators of critical infrastructure facilities. 

The Department of Homeland Security identifies 16 sectors as critical, including chemical, water, and waste processing plants; financial services; health care facilities; and utilities operated by private companies.


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