GOP House takeover to affect cybersecurity

The shifts on Capitol Hill will have ripple effects throughout government, including the cybersecurity sector.

Gov Info Security reports Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) has done about as much as any House member can do in getting significant cybersecurity legislation enacted this year. The one thing he couldn’t do was control when a vote might take place.

McCaul is co-chair of the House Cybersecurity Caucus. Starting in January, he and his GOP colleagues will be able to draft the agenda.

Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) has served as the chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees cybersecurity issues. Carper said a big win for Republicans this year will probably hold up the passage of any cybersecurity legislation until next year.

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Some reforms could become law if the Senate adopts the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act that contains a number of key cybersecurity provisions.

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