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The roughly $ 2 trillion climate action and social spending program approved by Congress includes more than $ 500 million for cybersecurity priorities, with the bill investing in issues such as cyber security. workforce, training, and state and local government security.

Meanwhile, lawmakers this week expressed concern over the lack of clarity on whether the engagement between the Biden administration and Russia has reduced destructive Russia-linked cyberattacks, and the Xbox chief is reassessing the company’s relationship with Activation Blizzard.

Let’s move on to the news.

Lots of money for cyber

The House approved more than $ 500 million in cybersecurity funding on Friday as part of its version of the president Bidenis an approximately $ 2,000 billion Build Back Better package.

The bill on social and climate spending, pass by a narrow vote of 220-213, would primarily channel these funds to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to help address issues such as cybersecurity workforce training and state and local government cybersecurity. .

Millions for CISA: The package gives CISA $ 100 million for cybersecurity risk mitigation issues, $ 100 million for cybersecurity workforce and training, $ 50 million for moving to a secure cloud architecture, and $ 50 million more to research and develop strategies to secure industrial control systems.

The bill also allocates $ 35 million to CISA to fund the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), $ 15 million for a teacher training effort on cybersecurity, and $ 50 million for CISA’s CyberSentry program which monitors networks of critical infrastructure groups for threats.

“I could not be prouder that the Democratic majority in the House came together today, with a sense of urgency, to act for the people and tackle climate change and a wide range of other challenges that put our communities in danger “, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Gosar censored as GOP drama prompts Bannon to plead not guilty in contempt of court (D-Miss.) Said in a statement Friday.

“It is also investing in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to help state and local governments develop secure and resilient critical infrastructure networks, including by accelerating the transition of state and local governments to the .gov domain and increasing it. the ability to hire advocates for the network, “said Thompson.

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Lawmakers worried about Russia

Five months later President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats Push Social Spending Plan Vote To Friday Fauci Says All Adults Should ‘Go Get Boosted’ Senate Confirms Park Service Director After Years As Acting Head MORE met the russian president Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin: West doesn’t take ‘red lines’ seriously enough COP26 was a loophole – here’s why it gets a failing grade Can America prevent a cold war with global warming? FOLLOWING and urged him to take a stand against ransomware attacks emanating from his country, lawmakers are starting to resent what they see as a lack of results from the administration’s efforts to confront Russia.

Different points of view: Their concerns have grown in recent weeks as they heard mixed messages from top federal leaders about whether ransomware attacks linked to Russia-based hackers have abated since the two leaders met, undermining the massive efforts of the Biden administration to bolster the country’s cybersecurity.

“If the United States knew that criminal actors were emanating from our soil and attacking another country, we would act, and I see no evidence that Russia is actually helping us on this point,” the representative said. Elissa slotkinElissa SlotkinBiden, senior officials scattered to promote infrastructure package Conservative group targeting House Democrats on SALT Hoyer positions: Vote on 0.75T spending package likely Thursday or Friday MORE (D-Mich.), Chair of the House Homeland Security Intelligence and Counterterrorism subcommittee, said in a hearing Wednesday.

Priority issue: Biden put cybersecurity concerns at the center of his agenda during his face-to-face interview with Putin in Geneva earlier this year, and handed the Russian leader a list of 16 types of critical infrastructure in the United States that could not be attacked without risking retaliation. Biden warned at the time that the United States would take further action if no action is taken, and private talks between U.S. and Russian officials have continued since that meeting.

Added to the concerns of lawmakers are statements made in recent weeks by senior officials who have painted slightly contradictory portraits of the state of ransomware attacks.

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The Chamber of Commerce on Friday pledged to fight rule changes put in place by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its new chairman Lina khanLina KhanHillicon Valley – Presented by Ericsson – DOJ Unveils New Charges of Election Hacking FTC Delays On The Money Supply Chain Study Vote – Biden Warns Oil Industry MORE.

“The FTC is waging a war on American business, so the American House is fighting to protect free enterprise, American competitiveness and economic growth,” Suzanne Clark, chief executive officer of the group, said in a statement.

The powerful lobby group pledged to “use all tools at our disposal, including litigation,” to oppose the agency’s program.

To initiate this opposition, the chamber filed a series of public record requests asking for information on a series of rule changes the FTC has passed since Khan was appointed president.

Khan has made several procedural changes since his takeover aimed at speeding up action.

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The Xbox chief told employees in an email he was “assessing” the company’s relationship with Activision Blizzard after a Wall Street Journal investigation found its CEO was aware of reports of Sexual misconduct at the video game publisher, Bloomberg News reported Thursday. .

Phil Spencer’s email, which was seen by Bloomberg, said he was “evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments,” later adding that “this type of behavior has no place in our industry “.

Xbox owner Microsoft confirmed to The Hill that Bloomberg’s report was correct and shared a statement from Spencer.

“Personally, I have strong values ​​for a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our employees at Xbox. It is not a destination but a journey on which we will always be. The leaders of Xbox and Microsoft are supporting our teams and supporting them in creating a safer environment for all, ”he said.

A spokesperson for Activision Blizzard said in a statement that it respects “all comments from our valued partners” and “engages more with them.”

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Rolls-Royce announced on Friday that its Spirit of Innovation electric aircraft exceeded 387 mph in a recent flight test and is now the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft.

The aerospace and tech company, which is separate from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said its electric plane broke the previous speed record of 132 mph for nearly 2 miles on Tuesday, reaching a speed of 345.4 mph.

Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East congratulated those involved in the Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) project, the team behind the spirit of innovation.

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An editorial to chew on: Why science and religion come together to discuss alien life

Notable Web Links:

Fake Facebook accounts boost the campaign opposes the US consulate in Jerusalem (NBC News / Olivia Solon)

Amazon lobbyists who kills US Consumer Privacy Protections (Reuters / Jeffrey Dastin, Chris Kirkham and Aditya Kalra)

Inside the Capitol Hill townhouse where technology reviews to feel at home (Politico / Emily Birnbaum)

One last thing: an SMS option

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to require that text messages sent to the 988 number be sent to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The agency voted last year to allow people to call the same number to reach the service.

“At the end of the day, it shouldn’t matter if you make a voice call or send a text message, because we need to connect people in crisis to the resources they need, however they communicate.” , said the president. Jessica rosenworcelJessica RosenworcelFCC votes to let people text 988 to reach Hillicon Valley suicide prevention hotline – TikTok and Snapchat looking to distance themselves from Facebook McMorris Rodgers worried broadband funding would miss the mark without new cards MORE said at the agency’s public meeting on Thursday.

Until 988 works both by call and text from July 16, 2022, Americans seeking help should continue to call 1-800-273-TALK.

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That’s all for today, thanks for reading. Discover The Hill’s Technology and cybersecurity pages for breaking news and coverage. See you on Monday.



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