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Update: Senate Security Hearing on Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 5:45 PM Leave a comment

Federal Computer Week is reporting this afternoon that the much-talked-about Senate cybersecurity legislation, the “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act,” should be on Obama’s desk by the end of the summer…  That’s according to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who heads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where a hearing for the bill was held today.

While the report mentions that there are currently more than 40 cybersecurity measures floating around the Hill, Lieberman’s legislation continues to gain support, thanks to his prominent role as committee chair.  According to Lieberman, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is also on board, and pushing the bill out to Obama’s desk by summer’s end was Reid’s intent.

And if you want a more candid look at the “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act,” check out ZDNet’s article: “Lieberman’s cyber-security bill: The good, the bad, the ugly.”  Of the 197-page bill, ZDNet’s guest editorial writer, Matthew Olney of SourceFire, suggests:  “This is an impressive, expansive and ambitious piece of legislation, completely reworking the Federal government’s management of cyber security issues.  There are a lot of things in the bill that I think are necessary.  Of course… There are a couple of issues that, erm, have ‘opportunity for improvement.’”

Olney goes on to mention that Lieberman is “on the right track,” but wishes the senator good luck, suggesting that he concentrate more on ensuring open communication and information channels between the Federal government and the private sector.  “We cannot simply hand over the infrastructure to the Federal government,” Olney advised.
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Cybersecurity: A “National Asset”

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM 3 comments

As reported by Cybersecurity News this morning, Senators Lieberman, Collins and Carper today introduced their co-sponsored “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010,” in an effort to provide the president with detailed emergency powers in the event of a cyber attack.

In conjunction with the legislation roll-out, the senators published an op-ed in today’s Politico urging their Congressional cohorts and constituents: “We must ‘arm’ the cyberspace battlefront.”

Referencing the benefits of their new bill, the senators warned that “We have to prepare now for the very real possibility of cyberwar and cyberterror. For example, an adversary could take down our electrical grid or financial infrastructure from across the ocean — using just a series of keystrokes.”

Over in the House, reps already have electrical grid protection on their radar.  According to Federal Computer Week, the House yesterday passed a measure providing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with additional authority to protect the nation’s power grid from potential cyber attacks.

Moving away from the Hill to news in the [Silicon] Valley, Security Week is reporting that iPad consumer data has been leaked by way of a security gap in service provider AT&T’s system.  According to the report, the group of hackers “claimed to uncover over 114,000 email addresses of of iPad customers, including government officials, business executives, and the military, including William Eldredge, commander of a B-1 bomber group for the US Air Force.”

New Cyber Legislation Expected Today

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 7:37 AM 1 comment

Several key media, including Business Week, are reporting this morning that new cybersecurity legislation will be rolled out today by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Carper (D-DE).

The new measure, to be announced at an 11:30 AM press conference, would aim to provide the president with certain specific powers in the event of a major cyber attack.  The legislation would also create a White House Office of Cyberspace Policy, and the president would be required “to inform Congress in advance of what measures are being taken. The measures would expire in 30 days unless renewed by the president.”

“Our economic security, national security and public safety are now all at risk from new kinds of enemies, cyber- warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists and cyber-criminals,” Sen. Lieberman announced in a statement. “The need for this legislation is obvious and urgent.”
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Industry Pushes Obama for Cyber Policy

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | 3:19 PM Leave a comment

Nearly one year ago today, the White House published its Cyberspace Policy Review, a campaign to evaluation the nation’s cybersecurity policies and defense.  There is much work left to be done, and now the Obama administration is coming under increasing pressure by industry professionals to implement a cybersecurity plan.

Obama urged to fast-track cybersecurity policy (UPI)

Obama plan for cyber policy still taking shape (Federal Times)