Hurd National Security Bill Passes House

December 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the SECURE Technology Act, a bipartisan national security package that ensures our Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel have the resources needed to keep Americans safe from global threats in today’s interconnected world. The bill combines three bipartisan initiatives previously introduced in both the House and Senate that will ensure that DHS has the authorities to keep our digital infrastructure safe from cyber attacks.

“Cyber security is national security. Not a day goes by that our critical infrastructure isn’t targeted by bad actors from every corner of the Globe,” said Hurd, a former CIA undercover officer who serves on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees. “The SECURE Technology Act ensures that our federal agencies can better mitigate the risks to our networks and supply chains. I’m proud that my colleagues and I came together to support this bipartisan initiative to keep Americans safe across the finish line, and I’ll continue to do all that I can to deliver real results back home.”

This bipartisan bill strengthens our national security by:

  • Creating guidelines for addressing security vulnerabilities at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS);
  • Establishing a bug bounty program at DHS to incentivize personnel to find and fix potential holes in their system;
  • Establishing a process for the federal government to address critical supply chain risks.

This proposal includes Majority Leader McCarthy’s Public-Private Cybersecurity Cooperation Act (H.R. 6735), Senator Hassan (D-NH) and Portman’s (R-OH) Hack the Department of Homeland Security of 2018 (S. 1281) and Senator McCaskill (D-MO) and Lankford’s (R-OK) Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act of 2018 (S. 3085).