Last month, Sen Reed (D,RI) introduced S 4543,
the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.
The Senate Armed Services Committee published their Report
on the bill. The bill contains some cybersecurity provisions, and the Report
includes specific recommendations for increased cybersecurity spending over the
amounts requested in the budget.

Moving Forward

The National Defense Authorization Act is a ‘must pass’ piece
of legislation. The House took up and passed
their version of the bill (HR
7900
) last month. When the Senate takes up that bill after the Summer
Recess, their first action will be to amend the bill with substitute language
based on S 4543.

Interestingly, one amendment has already been submitted in
the Senate for S 4543, SA
5190
. That amendment would add a new section entitled: “Requirement for
Information Sharing Agreements.” This new section would be essentially the same
language as found in S 4000. It is not clear at this point whether or not this
section would be added to the substitute language used as the basis for Senate consideration
of HR 7900.

 

For more details about the provisions of the bill and changes
in cybersecurity spending, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis – https://patrickcoyle.substack.com/p/s-4543-introduced
– subscription required.

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