In the last 100-odd days, Democrats in Congress have already pushed to pass a lot of legislation that they couldn’t get passed while Trump was President. It’s been a nightmare.
But, now, it looks like some Republicans in the House are getting in on the fun, and, even with that being the case, you have to ask if one new bill can result in anything but a raging dumpster fire in its efforts to fix things that are obviously broken in America. Tom Ozimek writes,
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and a bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill meant to make America’s critical systems more resilient against cyberattacks, as parts of the country continue to reel from last week’s Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.
Slotkin, a former CIA analyst and Pentagon official, announced the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Cyber Exercise Act in a Friday statement, in which she said attacks like the one targeting Colonial Pipeline “have the potential to devastate our economy and our way of life.”
Co-sponsors of the bill include Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee cyber subcommittee, and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee cyber subcommittee.
The bill would require CISA, the agency that spearheads federal cybersecurity efforts, to create new ways for U.S. businesses and governments to test their critical infrastructure against the threat of cyber attacks.
The legislation calls for the establishment of a National Cyber Exercise Program, a testing regime for the nation’s response plan to major cyber incidents. Under the program, CISA would help develop a set of model exercises to be used by state and local governments, and private sector businesses, to test the safety and security of their critical infrastructure. Besides helping design the exercises, CISA would also help governments and businesses implement and evaluate them.
Now, to give the benefit of the doubt, maybe this bill is well-intentioned, but let’s be honest here. The Obama administration, which Biden was key in as Vice President, couldn’t even get a working website up for Obamacare. Do we really think that they can successfully implement efforts to prevent more cyber attacks like the Colonial pipeline ransom attack?
I’m not holding my breath.