U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia and Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, holds a hearing about worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 14, 2021.Saul Loeb | Pool | Reuters
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is readying a bipartisan bill that would require some businesses to report cyber incidents to the government so law enforcement can quickly get involved.
Warner previewed the bill during an Axios event about cybersecurity, saying he expects it to be introduced in the next couple of weeks and thinks the broad support can help it pass quickly. Recent cyberattacks against Colonial Pipeline, SolarWinds and meat supplier JBS have added a sense of urgency in dealing with such threats, which seem to be connected to people in adversarial countries like China and Russia.
The bill would require critical infrastructure businesses, federal contractors and agencies to report cyber incidents to the government, Warner said, giving law enforcement and private sector partners the chance to get involved as soon as possible during an attack.
Warner expects the business community to be receptive to the legislation.
“When we had this debate six or seven years ago, the business community did not want any additional mandatory reporting,” he said. “I