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house Bill H.R. 3490

Does the Secret Service Need a Division that Distributes Cyber Crime Information?

Argument in favor

Law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges need current information about cyber crime. DHS and the Secret Service should provide them with whatever insights they can.

Alis's Opinion
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10/18/2015
This is the security issue du jour! Of course, this should be passed! A no brainer.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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09/23/2015
Cyber crimes are increasing day by day, the local and state police should have more access and tools to find these cyber criminals.
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Mark's Opinion
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10/20/2015
Seems like a no brainer since U.S. currency is on their jurisdiction they should have this department to stay ahead of crime that can affect the dollar.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for law enforcement, prosecutors and judges to have one entity they can rely on for information about cyber crime, as other resources are available.

Duncan96's Opinion
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11/30/2015
This should be the sole job of an NSA organization in the 21st century. These agencies all exist to protect and serve the American people, as determined by their employers: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. What we don't need is more useless and intrusive surveillance, it's like using a match to find a needle in a haystack, and it only serves to put everyone on edge. We need a security agency that protects people by creating a safe space for public collaboration and interaction. People don't trust the internet enough, and they probably shouldn't, but the NSA's practices are a big reason for that mistrust. We need an NSA agency that is focused on making American digital infrastructure the most secure in the world, because with that level of reliability and trust we can accomplish more and set a strong positive example. Making secure systems is definitely a lot harder than just exploiting weaknesses in existing systems, but that's why we need an agency with proven cyber skills to take this on.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/15/2015
Again, a federal agency feeling overworked. Just keep expanding sub-agencies to farm out work. Go to work and do the job you were hired for. Looks like a department supervisor wants a better desk job and double pay.
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John's Opinion
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10/16/2015
NO NO NO!!! We do not need any more new Government "organizations"... The FBI, CIA, DHS, and Secret Service should already have cyber threat responsibilities. If they don't already talk and centralize the data through DHS, then what the hell is the point of DHS. Wasn't it created specifically to close the gaps on inter-departmental sharing of information?
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What is House Bill H.R. 3490?

This bill would establish a National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) to be operated by the U.S. Secret Service to disseminate information related to homeland security investigations of cyber and electronic crime. It would operate within the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).

The NCFI would distribute information related to threats or acts of terrorism, while also educating and training law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges at the state and local levels of government.

Specifically, the NCFI:

  • Must provide education and training on investigation methods, computer and mobile device forensic exams, network intrusion incidents, and methods to obtain, process, store, and admit digital evidence in court;

  • Must ensure that timely, actionable, and relevant expertise and homeland security information related to cyber and electronic crime is shared with such officers, prosecutors, and judges;

  • May provide officers, prosecutors, and judges with computer equipment and tools or such investigations and examinations.

The Secret Service’s network of Electronic Crime Task Forces is to be expanded through the addition of task force officers, prosecutors, and judges who’ve been educated and trained through the Institute. Stakeholders from the academic institutions and the private sector would also be included in this network.

Impact

Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges; DHS, the Secret Service, and the NCFI.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3490

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this legislation would not significantly affect spending by DHS.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) introduced his legislation to counteract the constantly evolving threat of cyber crime:
“The threats facing state and local law enforcement are ever changing. Cyber criminals use technology to commit crimes of almost any type. Our men and women in law enforcement are working in an extremely challenging environment, and it is imperative that we equip them to address these challenges in an effort to protect the most vulnerable from being exploited.”

The House Judiciary Committee approved this legislation unanimously via voice vote, and is cosponsored by one Democratic lawmaker and two Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user NEC Corporation of America)

AKA

Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed November 30th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedSeptember 11th, 2015

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    This is the security issue du jour! Of course, this should be passed! A no brainer.
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    This should be the sole job of an NSA organization in the 21st century. These agencies all exist to protect and serve the American people, as determined by their employers: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. What we don't need is more useless and intrusive surveillance, it's like using a match to find a needle in a haystack, and it only serves to put everyone on edge. We need a security agency that protects people by creating a safe space for public collaboration and interaction. People don't trust the internet enough, and they probably shouldn't, but the NSA's practices are a big reason for that mistrust. We need an NSA agency that is focused on making American digital infrastructure the most secure in the world, because with that level of reliability and trust we can accomplish more and set a strong positive example. Making secure systems is definitely a lot harder than just exploiting weaknesses in existing systems, but that's why we need an agency with proven cyber skills to take this on.
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    Cyber crimes are increasing day by day, the local and state police should have more access and tools to find these cyber criminals.
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    Again, a federal agency feeling overworked. Just keep expanding sub-agencies to farm out work. Go to work and do the job you were hired for. Looks like a department supervisor wants a better desk job and double pay.
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    Seems like a no brainer since U.S. currency is on their jurisdiction they should have this department to stay ahead of crime that can affect the dollar.
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    Seems like a good idea to me. You know, streamlined information sharing. Good.
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    NO NO NO!!! We do not need any more new Government "organizations"... The FBI, CIA, DHS, and Secret Service should already have cyber threat responsibilities. If they don't already talk and centralize the data through DHS, then what the hell is the point of DHS. Wasn't it created specifically to close the gaps on inter-departmental sharing of information?
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    Growing government n4eeds to stop. cut programs and Departments.
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    Other sources don't seem to be cutting it. Maybe one central clearing house can put 2 +2 together.
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    We must now take cyber security serious today...
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    Every other agency already has one. Put ing another one in this agency will not help anything.
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    No more government 'solutions' please.
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    A coordinated effort, particularly in the training of all LE organizations is necessary. Whether it falls to the Secret Service or another agency or stand alone it needs to both gather and disseminate information on all cyber attributes for incoming and outgoing information.
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    If you want to be able to teach people how to defeat hackers and improve cyber security, we would be able to prosecute hackers who decided that the Internet is the wild West. The Lawlers nature of the incident needs to and. If it requires federal information in order to do this, I think it's a necessary evil. Better we be able to teach our higher education students how to hack for productive purposes then to fear teaching them due to the chance that they might become criminals themselves. This is the onlywait we can compete of the greatest days of the glow when I comes to the future, or should I say the current cyber war.
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    Too much money
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    Aren't they paid to do that now. More Money wasted
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    We have enough law enforcement we don't need another agency that will cost more and more and we can never get rid of
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    What info would they have that DHS doesn't have
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    they need this and a lot more
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    How deep do you think pockets are and how bad do you want a collapse just to grow government?
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