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Senate has Work to Do as House Passes Three Cyber Bills

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 2:15 PM Leave a comment Go to comments

The House last week passed three bills aimed at strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity.

The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 1163) and the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act (H.R. 756) both passed the House on Tuesday, with the news nearly flying under the radar, as passage of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) stole much of the cyber spotlight.

The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013, which passed unanimously on a 416-0 vote, would “make agency heads responsible for cybersecurity within their agencies and require each one to have a chief information security officer,” according to FierceGovernmentIT.

Passing by a vote of 402-16, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act “ would establish a task force with representatives from the federal government, private sector and academia to coordinate research and development and improve training of cyber professionals,” according to NextGov.

But as both bills were referred to Senate committees for consideration, all eyes remained on CISPA, which passed the House on Thursday on a 288-127 vote.

Aiming to enhance cyber threat information sharing between the public and private sectors, critics of CISPA argued that the bill could place privacy and civil liberties in peril.

Ahead of Thursday’s vote, the White House released a statement threatening to veto CISPA.

“The Administration believes that carefully updating laws to facilitate cybersecurity information sharing is one of several legislative changes essential to protect individuals’ privacy and improve the Nation’s cybersecurity,” advised the Executive Office of the President in a statement.

“However, the Administration still seeks additional improvements and if the bill, as currently crafted, were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

Despite the veto threat and looming privacy concerns, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), co-sponsor of the legislation, remained enthusiastic Thursday evening after CISPA passed the House.

“I am very proud that so many of my colleagues were able to look past the distortions and fear mongering about this bill, and see it for what it really is – a very narrow and focused authority to share cybersecurity threat information to keep America safe,” Rogers said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to get cyber threat information sharing legislation passed into law this year.”

But the Senate has its work cut out, according to reports.

“The Senate isn’t as far along on legislation as it was last Congress and has opted to press the re-set button on its cybersecurity efforts after it struggled to pass a comprehensive bill twice last year,” a Senate aide told The Hill.

It goes without saying, if cybersecurity legislation sees a repeat of last year, President Obama won’t have to worry about stepping in with his veto power.

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Following are some additional cyber headlines you may have missed:

FEDERAL NEWS:

Cybersecurity: New version of old fight (Politico)

FBI asks for more cybersecurity funding (WDTV)

Navy plans to beef up cyber workforce (NextGov)

Congressmen: Make cybersecurity a priority (Politico)

Air Force cadets win cyber war game with NSA hackers (Reuters)

FERC proposes to revise cyber standards for electric grid (Businessweek)

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW:

IBM launches CISPA advocacy tour (The Hill)

Cybersecurity jobs continue to pay better than others (NextGov)

Three new companies join UMBC cybersecurity incubator (Bmore Media)

Lockheed Martin hosts Cyber Defense Exercise in support of NSA (Press Release)

McAfee and NIST join in National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (Press Release)

ACLU asks feds to probe wireless carriers over Android security updates (Ars Technica)

INTERNATIONAL  OUTLOOK:

Urgency needed to deal with N Korea’s cyber attacks (The Korea Herald)

European Parliament approves cybersecurity mandate (Business Insurance)

HACKING HIGHLIGHTS:

Dubai Airports website ‘hit by cyber attack’ (Arabian Business)

LulzSec hacker receives year in prison for Sony breach (Reuters)

Hacker seizes control of Venezuela governing party candidate’s Twitter account (Businessweek)

CYBER INSIGHTS:

Cyber war is just a dangerous guessing game (Al Jazeera)

Symantec 2013 threat report flags surge in targeted attacks (ITPro)

Popular home routers contain critical security vulnerabilities (PCWorld)

Vulnerabilities up nearly 20%, reveals new HP research group (IDG News)

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