House passes IT security bill

House passes IT security bill

The House late last month passed a bill designed to protect sensitive but unclassified government systems.

The Computer Security Enhancement Act would amend the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act and require NIST to help agencies secure computer networks.

Under HR 2413, NIST would also have to promote compliance with existing information security and privacy guidelines and help agencies respond to unauthorized intrusions.

NIST also would be expected to help the private sector establish voluntary interoperability standards, guidelines and methods to expedite the creation of public-key infrastructures for doing business with the government.

The bill is awaiting action by the Senate.

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