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Biden Appointees Split on Cyber Security Bill; Passage Likely

Amid growing cyber attack concerns, Biden appointed lawmakers are split on new cyber security bill, reports Politico. While the bill has industry support and passed unanimously in the House, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and FBI Director Christopher Wray oppose it for making the country "less safe" and having "serious flaws". Despite their concerns, the bill is likely to pass. It would require that operators in critical infrastructure to report cyber attacks within 72 hours and ransom payments within 24 hours. The Senate passed the measure with concerns about Russia's invasion of Ukraine resulting in Kremlin-backed hackers attacking U.S. critical infrastructure. “It’s disappointing to see the FBI take a bureaucratic dispute public under the guise of a serious threat to public safety,” said Trey Herr of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative.

The White House, which supports of the bill, has signaled interest in tweaking the legislation further. FBI spokespeople raised concerns that the legislation would discourage companies from talking to the bureau. Lawmakers like New York Republican Rep. Andrew Garbarino want to get the bill "across the finish line" as soon as possible. “We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines as the cyber threat landscape grows increasingly complex with threats from Russia and other foreign adversaries,” he said.


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