REPS. LIEU AND TAYLOR INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN CYBER DEFENSES AT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

June 6, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Scott Taylor (R | Virginia) introduced H.R. 2774, the Hack the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Act. The bill would establish a bug bounty pilot program – modeled off of similar programs at the Department of Defense and major tech companies – in order to strengthen cyber defenses at DHS by utilizing “white-hat” or ethical hackers to help identify unique and undiscovered vulnerabilities in the DHS networks and data systems. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Maggie Hassan (D | New Hampshire), Rob Portman (R | Ohio), Claire McCaskill (D | Missouri), and Kamala Harris (D | California).

"There is perhaps no better way to find weaknesses in our cyber armor than to enlist the help of America’s top security researchers," said Rep. Ted Lieu. "As a Computer Science major, I recognize that bug bounty programs have proven critical to enhancing cybersecurity at the Pentagon and in the private sector, and it is past time we bring this tool to bear at the agency tasked with protecting our homeland security." 

“Today, in the 21st century, conflicts are waged behind the scenes on the digital frontier,” said Rep. Scott Taylor. “It is vital that America becomes the global leader in combatting cyber threats. We must do everything in our power to strengthen our cybersecurity by identifying and patching vulnerabilities in our networks to avoid jeopardizing our national security.”

THE TEXT OF THE HACK DHS ACT CAN BE FOUND HERE

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