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house Bill H.R. 3869

Do State and Local Governments Need Federal Help to Improve Their Cybersecurity?

Argument in favor

State and local governments need the assistance of DHS in improving their cybersecurity systems while protecting the privacy and civil liberties of citizens.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/03/2015
The United States needs a more efficient way to handle cyber crimes. The tools and abilities that local and state forces have are below standard to what hackers/scammers have. We need more communication between local/state and national forces to help stop some of these cyber crimes that costs the economy billions of dollars in lost revenue.
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Jacob's Opinion
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12/11/2015
This could potentially cost a lot of tax payer budget. Offer training to teach how to secure local/state cyber security, don't send someone to each gov to implement the rules. Teach to fish.
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William's Opinion
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01/06/2016
Foreign enemies that attack our cyber networks need to be defended by our country, not our states. Even with domestic attackers, issues of the Internet can be accessed by anyone in the United States. This is a federal issue that deserves federal means of cybersecurity.
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Argument opposed

It isn’t the federal government’s responsibility to make sure that state and local governments have strong enough cybersecurity systems.

LibertyForAll's Opinion
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12/10/2015
This proposal is not inline with the 4th Amendment. One must obtain a warrant, from a judge, to conduct such invasions of privacy. Security is paramount, but security must be accomplished within the rule of Constitutional Law, so not to erode Americans Individual Liberties and rights.
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operaman's Opinion
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12/08/2015
I'm from the Federal Government and I'm here to help. At this point in time, I have developed a feeling that the Feds wants to hide their ineptitude in protecting US Citizens. The state will be more open in their investigations. Whenever federal tax dollars are given, strings are applied.
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Richard's Opinion
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12/08/2015
The Feds need to focus on their own dismal cyber security before they even think about advising or mandating anyone on a Stat or Local level.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3869?

This bill would increase coordination between between the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), and state and local entities looking to improve their cybersecurity.

State and local governments would be able to request that the NCCIC identify vulnerabilities in their information systems. The state and local government could also receive information about security protections that are appropriate to the potential damage caused by unauthorized access or use of that entity’s information.

The NCCIC would also give state and local governments guidance in improving their cybersecurity through implementing new security systems and training government officials.

Privacy and civil liberties training would also be available to state and local governments to help minimize the retention and use of unnecessary information related to cybersecurity risks. Obsolete and erroneous information, including personal information, that is unrelated to a given cybersecurity risk or incident would be deleted.

Within two years of this bill’s enactment NCCIC would provide reports on the program’s effectiveness to relevant congressional committees after soliciting feedback from state and local governments.

Impact

Average citizens, state and local government cybersecurity programs, DHS, relevant congressional committees, and the NCCIC.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3869

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) cited the need for state and local governments to receive federal assistance to improve their cybersecurity systems:

“State and local governments often do not have access to adequate personnel or technical cybersecurity resources. This is more than just about protecting the private information of individuals who work for local government agencies. Frankly, cyber breaches at any level can put our national security at risk.”

The House Homeland Security Committee passed this legislation by voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to assist State and local coordination on cybersecurity with the national cybersecurity and communications integration center, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • 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 December 10th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedNovember 2nd, 2015

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    The United States needs a more efficient way to handle cyber crimes. The tools and abilities that local and state forces have are below standard to what hackers/scammers have. We need more communication between local/state and national forces to help stop some of these cyber crimes that costs the economy billions of dollars in lost revenue.
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    This proposal is not inline with the 4th Amendment. One must obtain a warrant, from a judge, to conduct such invasions of privacy. Security is paramount, but security must be accomplished within the rule of Constitutional Law, so not to erode Americans Individual Liberties and rights.
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    I'm from the Federal Government and I'm here to help. At this point in time, I have developed a feeling that the Feds wants to hide their ineptitude in protecting US Citizens. The state will be more open in their investigations. Whenever federal tax dollars are given, strings are applied.
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    The Feds need to focus on their own dismal cyber security before they even think about advising or mandating anyone on a Stat or Local level.
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    These states have plenty of smart people who can do this, it isn't the taxpayers' responsibility to pay for other states' cybersecurity.
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    The federal government -- in particular, the legislative and executive branches -- currently cannot be trusted to care about U.S. citizens. They will not do anything to protect us, so keep them far away from any security decisions.
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    The Feds can't even improve their own cyber security.
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    How is a federal government that just lost the records of 20 million people going to help any state?
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    The federal government must stop finding new roles for itself, for about $20-TRILLION reasons.
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    State and local governments just don't have the same resources as the federal government
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    This would be like the blind leading the blind. Federal security is poor (federal employee records theft not even detected for months). If a State or local government asks for help, it should be provided. Help should not be forced on them.
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    Considering the ridiculous state of Federal cyber security, this is a very moronic idea.
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    The federal government cannot manage THIER own cyber security don't see how they could help the states
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    No, once the Federal Government gets their finger in the pie, it is pretty much ruined. Too many lies and misrepresentations come from the central committee now.
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    This should be obvious.
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    The Federal Government needs to clean it's own birdcage. Most, if not all, states are perfectly capable of doing their own security. It will probably be better and cheaper than anything a Bureaucrat Fed can come up with.
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    Let the Fed cleanup it's own act before trying to help others.
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    Use available resources, like the evil NSA already in place. Of course there is no cost estimate for this boondoggle, just another bottomless pit to dump taxpayers hard earned money into.
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    NO!
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    Foreign enemies that attack our cyber networks need to be defended by our country, not our states. Even with domestic attackers, issues of the Internet can be accessed by anyone in the United States. This is a federal issue that deserves federal means of cybersecurity.
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