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house Bill H.R. 3696

Hacked: Improving the Nation's Cyber Security

Argument in favor

Strengthens national protections against hackers and cyber attacks, while creating a national infrastructure protection plan.

August's Opinion
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07/15/2017
Yes, hacking computers today is the same as the H-bomb in the 1950's.
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Argument opposed

Imposes excessive federal regulation on private industries and requires too much information sharing with the government. Not to mention the price tag.

Loraki's Opinion
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09/16/2016
Half of the time, I wonder if more hacking isn't done by our own government, rather than by foreign governments. The Feds can CLAIM that it was Russia, or China, or somebody else, but governments lie. These days almost anyone can become a hacker! Experience has shown that we're hardly ever more than one step ahead of hackers, and more often than not, it seems like we're just playing catch up! This is an area (ANOTHER area, I should say) where I don't want to see the federal government become too powerful. This sword could cut both ways. It also smacks of the Nanny State mentality. "Let Uncle Sam protect you!" Or "Big Brother knows best!" You know that old game that governments like to play: Create a crisis and lots of fear, then the gullible people will give you more power to "keep them safe!" And THAT means We the People lose more of what's left of our rights! Remember what David Rockefeller said: "All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order."
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 28th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedDecember 11th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 3696?

This bill would require the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to give more attention to it's cybersecurity efforts — all to prevent "cyber incidents". Think, preventing federal databases, U.S. retailers, and American information networks from being hacked.

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:

  - strengthen cybersecurity on a national level
  - 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.

Impact

National cybersecurity and the cybersecurity branches of the DHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3696

$160.00 Million
While the Department of Homeland Security already takes on many of the cybersecurity efforts outlined in the bill (and gotten an additional $800 million in FY 2014 to do so), they still need more money for implementation. The CBO estimates that the bill would cost an additional $160 million over the 2015-2019 period.

More Information

In depth:

The introduction of this bill was in large part motivated by the series of high-profile data breaches this year at major U.S. retailers. Those cyber attacks impacted the sensitive financial and personal information of millions of Americans. Co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) commented in favor of the bill:

“Target, Niemen Marcus, and now White Lodging, which manages hotel franchises for chains like Hilton and Marriot — it seems that almost every day we hear news of more American consumers victimized by cyber attack. It’s only a matter of time before our power grids or financial networks are the latest victims of hackers.”

In the context of this bill, a cyber incident is anything that jeopardizes the security, confidentiality, or availability of information networks and storage. They can also be considered acts of terrorism when they disrupt, destroy, take control of, or alter an information system. 

Under this bill, the Secretary of DHS would have to, among other things:
  - manage all the federal efforts to keep regular American information systems secure
  - support said cybersecurity efforts.  
  - share cyber threat information with potentially vulnerable cyber networks 
  - promote information system security awareness across the nation
  - facilitate cyber attack response and recovery assistance


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) Statement

The Hill

Detailed CBO Cost Estimate

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Yuri Yu. Samoilov)

AKA

National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2014

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make certain improvements regarding cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, and for other purposes.

    Half of the time, I wonder if more hacking isn't done by our own government, rather than by foreign governments. The Feds can CLAIM that it was Russia, or China, or somebody else, but governments lie. These days almost anyone can become a hacker! Experience has shown that we're hardly ever more than one step ahead of hackers, and more often than not, it seems like we're just playing catch up! This is an area (ANOTHER area, I should say) where I don't want to see the federal government become too powerful. This sword could cut both ways. It also smacks of the Nanny State mentality. "Let Uncle Sam protect you!" Or "Big Brother knows best!" You know that old game that governments like to play: Create a crisis and lots of fear, then the gullible people will give you more power to "keep them safe!" And THAT means We the People lose more of what's left of our rights! Remember what David Rockefeller said: "All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order."
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    The government does not have the expertise to protect the banks, electric, medical, etc... Let those industries do their jobs.
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    Yes. Point blank , cut and dry.
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    Yes, this would be a blessing!
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    Yes, hacking computers today is the same as the H-bomb in the 1950's.
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    Yes we need this.
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    I Called for the Cyber Security.
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    Give he administration a free hand in this.
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    How's the Russian involvement in our election investigation coming along?
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