The US Senate has approved new cybersecurity legislation that will require infrastructure organizations to report cyberattacks within 72 hours and ransomware payments within one day, ZDNet reported Wednesday, March 2.

Organizations will need to report these items to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

The act, called the Strengthening US Cybersecurity Lawwas adopted by unanimous consent on Wednesday after it was originally proposed on February 8 by the senses. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Distinguished Fellow and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The law contains provisions aimed at modernizing the federal government’s cybersecurity posture, with officials saying this is badly needed.

In addition, the act ensures that the federal risk and authorization management program will be authorized for five years to ensure that federal agencies can “rapidly and securely adopt cloud-based technologies that improve government operations and efficiency.” Additionally, it will streamline federal cybersecurity laws to facilitate better coordination.

Before the vote, Portman tweeted on Monday, March 1, he feared “that as our nation rightly continues to support #Ukraine during Russia’s unlawful and unjustifiable attack, the United States will face an increase in cyberattacks and ransomware from the part of Russia.

He added that quick action was needed. The legislation will go to the House for a vote and then be on President Joe Biden’s desk.

Portman and Peters said they worked with House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, alongside lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, to get it passed. Maloney also said the bill is one of his top legislative priorities right now.

Cyberattacks have been prevalent throughout the pandemic. Recently, PYMNTS wrote that Toyota announced plans to suspend production at a Japanese plant following an attack.

See also: Cyberattack forces Toyota’s Japanese factories to close

The attack resulted in the loss of around 13,000 cars, according to reports. Officials said they plan to investigate those involved in the attack.



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