U.S. House Passes Cybersecurity Bill

On April 23, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 355-63 H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (NCPAA). The bill, which is pending the U.S. Senate’s vote, will help American businesses better protect their digital networks from dangerous and destructive cyberattacks. Added to the legislation during floor proceedings were provisions to assist U.S. utilities, such as water and wastewater utilities, receive many of the same cybersecurity incentives and protections as their private-sector counterparts.

H.R. 1731 will set parameters for how to share sensitive cyber-threat information, authorize network operators to monitor networks for cyber threats and take appropriate defensive measures when threats are identified, and offer protections to encourage private-sector participation in these efforts.

Prior to passage, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) signed a letter in support of the bill from the major water and wastewater associations.

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