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By Bruce Sussman
Mon | Feb 4, 2019 | 9:48 AM PST

Two members of Congress are giving new life to a bill that would create specialized cybersecurity teams, which can be comprised of government and private sector cyber experts.

And the teams would help where needed to protect government and the private sector.

Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the following bill at the start of February 2019:

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Department of Homeland Security's national cybersecurity and communications integration center to maintain cyber hunt and incident response teams to provide, upon request, assistance including: (1) assisting asset owners and operators in restoring services following a cyber incident; (2) identifying cybersecurity risk and unauthorized cyber activity; and (3) mitigation strategies to prevent, deter, and protect against cybersecurity risks.

DHS may include private sector cybersecurity specialists on such teams, and must continually assess and evaluate the teams and their operations and report specified metrics to Congress.

“By encouraging the private sector and the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber response teams to work together," Senator Portman said,"this legislation will foster collaboration between the best minds in the field of cybersecurity to help fend off cyberattacks and protect vital infrastructure."

Read the proposed Cyber Incident Response Teams Act for yourself.

[RESOURCE: 2019 SecureWorld cybersecurity conferences calendar for North America]