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Graves Amendment to Increase Cyber Defense Cooperation Passes Committee
Amendment passed with unanimous bipartisan support, highlights need for active cyber defense strategy

Washington, May 16, 2019 -

Today in the Appropriations Committee’s markup of the State and Foreign Operations funding bill, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) championed and passed an amendment to increase cybersecurity cooperation with our allies to defend against cyberattacks. The amendment was included in the manager’s package, which is significant because it reflects broad bipartisan support from senior members of the committee. The amendment offered by Rep. Graves contains the strongest language to battle cyber threats included across the entire funding package.

Notably, the amendment also encourages the deployment of countermeasures to attribute and combat cyberattacks. You can read the amendment text below.

Text: The Committee directs the Secretary, in cooperation with other relevant Federal agency heads, to increase cybersecurity cooperation with United States allies in order to better defend against, disrupt, and attribute cyberattacks and to deploy countermeasures to hold responsible parties accountable.

In the 115th Congress, Rep. Graves introduced the bipartisan Active Cyber Defense Act (ACDC), which makes changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to allow the use of limited defensive measures that exceed the boundaries of one’s network to identify and stop attackers.

Once a cybercriminal is identified, the victim can share that information with law enforcement or try to disrupt an ongoing attack. Rep. Graves plans to reintroduce ACDC this Spring.

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