By expanding existing programs and adding additional authorities, this bill hopes to protect the critical information networks that manage things like the nation's energy and water supplies. New cybersecurity efforts would be carried out by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).
Under this bill, private and public organizations will collaborate to identify and thwart hackers trying to disrupt major operations or steal U.S. data.
Federal, state, and local governments would be required to work together to:
- disseminate cyber threat information those who need it
- seek advice about cybersecurity strategies from the private sector
- offer risk management help to network owners and operators
- research and develop strategies for cybersecurity technology.