New legislation that passed Congress last month will mandate federal agencies to collaborate on how to suppress the proliferation of cyber weapons trade in the black market, Nextgov reported Dec. 20.
Aliya Sternstein writes the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act tells agencies to develop intelligence, law enforcement and financial guidelines for controlling the sale of cyberwar technologies to terrorist groups while governments and the private sector retain authority to use such tools for defense.
The Congress is worried that cyber threat technologies could fall in the hands of hostile forces if sold through the black market, according to the report.
The legislation also focuses on the Obama administration’s response to international issues concerning cyber threats, Nextgov reports.
Sternstein writes federal departments are required to submit proposals for curbing cyberwar systems by next fall.
According to the article, Stuxnet is an example of a cyberweapon.