House adds cybersecurity amendments to its version of defense bill

The House side of the U.S. Capitol Building. (Architect of the Capitol / Flickr)

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Debate on the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act included the addition of several amendments intended to improve cybersecurity at the Pentagon and elsewhere in the government technology community.

Chris Bing of CyberScoop has more on the provisions, which include proposals to develop a stronger cybersecurity workforce, revisit the Pentagon’s policies on the use of offensive cyber capabilities and report on the Army’s cybersecurity training.

Passage of the bill is expected before the weekend. The House-passed and Senate-passed versions are likely to head to a conference committee before further action this fall.

The House’s defense bill also contains extensions of key provisions of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act that are set to expire soon.

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