The Balance Act: Streamlining Federal Cybersecurity Laws

A new bipartisan bill, the Streamlining Federal Cybersecurity Regulations Act, introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), aims to unify the patchwork of U.S. cybersecurity regulations. The idea is to create an interagency committee to identify and reduce overly burdensome, inconsistent or conflicting cyber requirements.

The introduction of the bill, the culmination of a Senate hearing in which Nicholas Leiserson, deputy director for cybersecurity at National Cyber ​​​​Policy and Programs, highlighted the growing fragmentation of cybersecurity regulations. He emphasized the critical leadership role of the Office of the National Cyber ​​​​Director (ONCD) and Congress, guided by invaluable private sector insights, in addressing this problem.

Senators Peters and Lankford acknowledged such concerns, emphasizing the need for coordinated rulemaking. “There are independent agencies that feel independent of everyone. They are not independent of everyone” Lankford noted, emphasizing the need to establish boundaries and foster cooperation among federal entities.

The proposed committee will work to improve cyber regulation by ensuring minimum standards and reciprocity between agencies. It focuses on the quality and consistency of regulations, not the sheer number of overlapping rules.

The bill establishes a pilot program to validate the effectiveness of the new regulatory framework and mandates annual progress reports to the commission. The initiative aims to foster a more consistent and manageable regulatory environment, strengthening overall cybersecurity without burdening companies with unnecessary regulation.

The Federal Cybersecurity Regulatory Improvement Act is a key step toward smarter cybersecurity regulation.

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