In the wake of ransomware attacks that have hit the public and private sectors, the U.S. Senate has passed a bill that calls for creating cyber incident response and threat hunting teams at the Department of Homeland Security.
The DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act 2019, was approved by the Senate by unanimous consent on Sept. 25. A similar bill passed the House in 2018, and now the two bills must be reconciled in committees, according to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who co-sponsored the legislation.
The proposed legislation would creat teams within DHS that would help private businesses, as well as state and local government agencies, respond and recover from cyber incidents, such as ransomare attacks, and rebuild their infrastructure.
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