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H.R. 1731: Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1731


March 13, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Heck, and Mr. Meeks) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to promote transparency in the oversight of cybersecurity risks at publicly traded companies.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2019.


Cybersecurity transparency

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 14B (15 U.S.C. 78n–2) the following:


Cybersecurity transparency



In this section—


the term cybersecurity means any action, step, or measure to detect, prevent, deter, mitigate, or address any cybersecurity threat or any potential cybersecurity threat;


the term cybersecurity threat


means an action, not protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, on or through an information system that may result in an unauthorized effort to adversely impact the security, availability, confidentiality, or integrity of an information system or information that is stored on, processed by, or transiting an information system; and


does not include any action that solely involves a violation of a consumer term of service or a consumer licensing agreement;


the term information system


has the meaning given the term in section 3502 of title 44, United States Code; and


includes industrial control systems, such as supervisory control and data acquisition systems, distributed control systems, and programmable logic controllers;


the term NIST means the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and


the term reporting company means any company that is an issuer—


the securities of which are registered under section 12; or


that is required to file reports under section 15(d).


Requirement To issue rules

Not later than 360 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Commission shall issue final rules to require each reporting company, in the annual report of the reporting company submitted under section 13 or section 15(d) or in the annual proxy statement of the reporting company submitted under section 14(a)—


to disclose whether any member of the governing body, such as the board of directors or general partner, of the reporting company has expertise or experience in cybersecurity and in such detail as necessary to fully describe the nature of the expertise or experience; and


if no member of the governing body of the reporting company has expertise or experience in cybersecurity, to describe what other aspects of the reporting company’s cybersecurity were taken into account by any person, such as an official serving on a nominating committee, that is responsible for identifying and evaluating nominees for membership to the governing body.


Cybersecurity expertise or experience

For purposes of subsection (b), the Commission, in consultation with NIST, shall define what constitutes expertise or experience in cybersecurity using commonly defined roles, specialties, knowledge, skills, and abilities, such as those provided in NIST Special Publication 800–181, entitled National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, or any successor thereto.