Congressmen Doyle & Kinzinger Introduce Bill on Network Security

September 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - September 25, 2019 - Yesterday, Congressmen Mike Doyle (PA-18) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced H.R. 4461, the Network Security Information Sharing Act, which would facilitate information sharing from the federal government to the private sector regarding supply chain vulnerabilities. This bipartisan legislation addresses the need for greater transparency and communication in the effort to secure our networks from foreign interference.

“The threat foreign actors pose to the U.S. economy has never been greater,” said Congressman Doyle. “Attacks on businesses over the internet or through telecommunications equipment have the potential today to devastate individual companies – or entire supply chains. One of the most effective steps the federal government can take to prevent such cyberattacks is to work more closely with advanced communications service providers to eliminate potential backdoors and other supply chain risks. The National Security Information Sharing Act would establish programs to facilitate the sharing of such information.”

“The security of American communications and information networks is paramount to our national security. Certain foreign adversaries have systematically coerced their equipment manufacturers to embed backdoors and other capabilities into their products, which are later purchased by American companies and integrated into our networks. No foreign actor should have the ability to eavesdrop on our citizens or our government—let alone use these backdoors to launch cyberattacks or disrupt our communications,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “I’m proud to introduce this legislation with my colleague, Congressman Doyle, to make sure our private sector can become better aware of these threats and avoid purchasing or installing such dangerous equipment.”

The Network Security Information Sharing Act instructs various government agencies (DHS, DNI, FBI, NTIA, FCC) to establish a program to discuss supply chain risks with ‘trusted providers’—advanced communications service providers, particularly the small businesses and those serving rural areas. Together, the agencies will:

  • Hold regular briefings to share information;
  • Submit to Congress a plan to declassify certain material, where appropriate, to help information sharing, as well as expand and expedite provision of clearances for that information sharing; and
  • Ensure that these activities are integrated with ongoing activities instead of being duplicative.

Click here for full text of the legislation, H.R. 4461.