Senators propose cybersecurity upgrades for lifeline and election infrastructure

Senators are leading measures to improve the cybersecurity of vital systems in the United States in response to escalating security concerns. The objectives include bolstering the electoral infrastructure and enhancing the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. These legislation were presented in response to serious real-world security occurrences.

Senators Markwayne Mullin and Kyrsten Sinema have introduced legislation to strengthen the 988 Lifeline’s cybersecurity protocols. A cyberattack in December 2022 disclosed weaknesses and caused a day-long service disruption, prompting this change. The Act intends to prevent such disruptions by guaranteeing that those in trouble may call the hotline for prompt assistance.

Another critical cybersecurity proposal offered by Senators Mark Warner and Susan Collins focuses on voting system security. It requires that voting systems be subjected to simulated assaults as part of the standard certification process so that vulnerabilities and weaknesses may be found and remedied, therefore increasing election security.

In addition to these cybersecurity proposals, the NOTAM Improvement Act has made headway on the Senate floor. In response to a large system breakdown that caused aircraft delays and cancellations, this bill was presented to improve the robustness and cybersecurity of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) system. To modernize and reinforce the system, the proposal would create a task group comprised of members from airlines, airports, pilot and dispatcher unions, FAA officials, and cybersecurity specialists.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheRecord.

IT World Canada Staff
IT World Canada Staff
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