ICYMI: Kinzinger Bill to Secure Information Sharing Between Government & Manufacturers is Now Law
Legislation introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) to facilitate and protect information sharing between the federal government and the private sector has recently been signed into law
Washington, DC – At a time when technology is increasingly critical to communication, it’s important to have secure networks. Legislation introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) to facilitate and protect information sharing between the federal government and the private sector has recently been signed into law and will help protect against these technology threats.
On March 12, 2020, President Trump signed the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Act of 2019 (H.R. 4998) into law. The legislation prohibits federal subsidies from being used to purchase communications equipment or services that pose national security risks.
The bill text included a provision that came from Congressman Kinzinger’s bipartisan bill with Congressman Joe Doyle (D-PA) to address the need for greater transparency and communication in an effort to secure our networks from foreign interference. The Network Security Information Sharing Act (H.R. 4461) was introduced in September 2019, and is especially important now as the coronavirus pandemic has put an increased demand on our telecommunications and the platforms used for information sharing.
“Now more than ever, our supply chain providers and manufacturers need to be protected from malign cyber activity and foreign interference. The coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to rely even more on telecommunications, and it’s incredibly important that our networks are secure and our equipment can be trusted,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “I’m grateful this legislation was included in the Energy and Commerce’s bipartisan effort that was signed into law last month. We must continue to monitor these efforts and ensure we’re keeping Americans safe—online and otherwise.”
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