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Senate Bill Aims to Strengthen National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

On June 24, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE), introduced S. 2519, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act of 2014.  The bill aims to codify the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) role as the hub for the public and private sector information sharing on the fight against cyber threats. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved the legislation on June 25, the day after the bill was introduced.

The NCCIC currently serves as the cybersecurity operations center for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and acts as a crucial point of reference and information for private sector companies as well as federal, state, and local entities. The NCCIC shares cybersecurity and cyber threat information and analysis with the private sector, provides response and technical assistance to companies and government agencies, and recommends security measures to protect those entities’ cyber data. No federal law has formally established the center’s role in these issues to this point, however, leaving the NCCIC without real authority.

Sen. Carper’s bill would codify the center’s role in DHS’ cybersecurity efforts by updating the Federal Information Security Act of 2002. It would outline the roles and responsibilities of the NCCIC and provide the center with the authority to move agencies away from outdated processes and methods towards real-time security updates and information. EDUCAUSE will continue to track this legislation as it progresses through Congress. 

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I’m glad that EduCause will continue to track the progress of the NCCIC Act 2014. I want to be updated with the developments relating to the authority and future actions of the NCCIC in securing the cyber data of the nation. Thanks EduCause!