Kinzinger-Doyle Network Security Bill Signed into Law
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced today that legislation he introduced with Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) to improve supply chain network security was signed into law as part of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (H.R. 4998), a larger bill to help secure America’s telecommunications supply chain.
Congressmen Doyle and Kinzinger introduced H.R. 4461, the Network Security Information Sharing Act (NSISA), on September 24, 2019. This legislation would facilitate information sharing between the federal government and the private sector on supply chain vulnerabilities. This bipartisan legislation addresses the need for greater transparency and communication in the effort to secure our networks from foreign interference. It was subsequently incorporated into H.R. 4998 and approved by the House by voice vote on December 16, 2019.
“The threat that foreign actors pose to the U.S. economy has never been greater,” Congressman Doyle said.
“Attacks on businesses over the internet or through telecommunications equipment have the potential today to devastate individual companies, critical infrastructure – or entire sectors of our economy.
"This legislation will make it easier for all telecommunications companies and smaller ones in particular to receive cyber threat information from the government by establishing a program to facilitate the sharing of such information. This will help them mitigate risk, by knowing what equipment in their network and in their supply chain is safe and which equipment is potentially dangerous.”
The Network Security Information Sharing Act instructs a number of government agencies to establish a program to discuss supply chain risks with ‘trusted providers’—advanced communications service providers, particularly those which are small businesses and those that serve 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.