Archive for February, 2012

Senate Cyber Bill Gets Mixed Reviews

Friday, February 17, 2012 | 9:20 AM 2 comments

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, on Tuesday the Senate released its labor of love, the much-anticipated Cybersecurity Act of 2012, a bipartisan bill aiming to provide the government and private sector with resources to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from mounting cyber attacks.

As a collaborative effort of members from the Senate Committees on Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Intelligence, the bill is being cosponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Cali.).

Breaking down the 205-page bill, Read more…


Awaiting the Senate Cyber Bill

Friday, February 10, 2012 | 9:42 AM 2 comments

It’s a day the tech industry and policy wonks have been impatiently awaiting, as interested parties have continued to speculate when and where the Senate’s comprehensive cybersecurity legislation might be made available.

According to some of the latest reports, the wait will come to an end today, with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) set to roll out the bill.

But along with the wait are mixed views and heightened concerns over what measures will make their way into the proposal.

Last year, just one week shy of today, HSGAC Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), alongside fellow committee members, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), unveiled the Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011, which intended to provide the Department of Homeland Security with authority over private networks in the event of a “national cyber emergency.” Read more…

House, Senate & DHS Cyber Initiatives

Friday, February 3, 2012 | 10:19 PM 3 comments

With privacy issues off the tech agenda, appearing too hot for Congress to handle, cybersecurity made its way back to the forefront in both the House and Senate this week.

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies approved H.R. 3674, The Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011 (The PrECISE Act).

Sponsored by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Cali.), the PrECISE Act serves as an amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, aiming for the development and growth of partnerships between the public and private sectors, with more clearly defined roles for each, in an effort to enhance security for Federal networks and the nation’s critical infrastructure. Read more…