Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Senators Introduce New Cybersecurity Bill

Mills, Elinor. "Senators Introduce New Cybersecurity Bill." CNet News, February 14, 2012.

From the article: "The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 calls for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assess risks and vulnerabilities of computer systems running at critical infrastructure sites such as power companies and electricity and water utilities and to work with the operators to develop security standards that they would be required to meet.

The DHS would determine which companies fit the definition of critical infrastructure as defined by systems "whose disruption from a cyber attack would cause mass death, evacuation, or major damage to the economy, national security, or daily life." Companies would have the right to appeal the designation, under the measure introduced by Sens. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, (D-West Virginia), Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California)…There also are provisions for information sharing between the government and the private sector that maintain civil liberties. And DHS would consolidate its cybersecurity programs into a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications office."  Read more

See Also
Lieberman, Collins, Rockefeller, Feinstein Offer Bipartisan, Comprehensive Bill to Secure Fed and Critical Private Sector Cyber Systems. Press release by the U.S. Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, February 14, 2012.

Rosenzweig, Paul. "Information Sharing and the Cybersecurity Act of 2012." Lawfare Blog, February 14, 2012.