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S. 315: DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 31, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 315

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 31, 2019

(for herself and Mr. Portman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To authorize cyber hunt and incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act of 2019.

2.

Department of Homeland Security cyber hunt and incident response teams

(a)

In general

Section 2209 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 659) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (d)(1)(B)(iv), by inserting , including cybersecurity specialists after entities;

(2)

by redesignating subsections (f) through (m) as subsections (g) through (n), respectively;

(3)

by inserting after subsection (e) the following:

(f)

Cyber hunt and incident response teams

(1)

In general

The Center shall maintain cyber hunt and incident response teams for the purpose of leading Federal asset response activities and providing timely technical assistance to Federal and non-Federal entities, including across all critical infrastructure sectors, regarding actual or potential security incidents, as appropriate and upon request, including—

(A)

assistance to asset owners and operators in restoring services following a cyber incident;

(B)

identification and analysis of cybersecurity risk and unauthorized cyber activity;

(C)

mitigation strategies to prevent, deter, and protect against cybersecurity risks;

(D)

recommendations to asset owners and operators for improving overall network and control systems security to lower cybersecurity risks, and other recommendations, as appropriate; and

(E)

such other capabilities as the Secretary determines appropriate.

(2)

Associated metrics

The Center shall continually assess and evaluate the cyber hunt and incident response teams and the operations of those cyber hunt and incident response teams using robust metrics.

(3)

Report

At the conclusion of each of the first 4 fiscal years after the date of enactment of the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, the Center shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives a report that includes—

(A)

information relating to the metrics used for evaluation and assessment of the cyber hunt and incident response teams and operations under paragraph (2), including the resources and staffing of those cyber hunt and incident response teams; and

(B)

for the period covered by the report—

(i)

the total number of incident response requests received;

(ii)

the number of incident response tickets opened; and

(iii)

a statement of—

(I)

all interagency staffing of cyber hunt and incident response teams; and

(II)

the interagency collaborations established to support cyber hunt and incident response teams.

(4)

Cybersecurity specialists

After notice to, and with the approval of, the entity requesting action by or technical assistance from the Center, the Secretary may include cybersecurity specialists from the private sector on a cyber hunt and incident response team.

; and

(4)

in subsection (g), as so redesignated—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by inserting , or any team or activity of the Center, after Center; and

(B)

in paragraph (2), by inserting , or any team or activity of the Center, after Center.

(b)

No additional funds authorized

No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the requirements of this Act and the amendments made by this Act. Such requirements shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated.