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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Senate Committee OKs Cybersecurity Act

A crucial piece of cybersecurity legislation is one step closer to becoming law after being approved during a Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee hearing Wednesday.  The Cybersecurity Act, S. 773, aimed at protecting critical U.S. network infrastructure against cybersecurity threats by fostering collaboration between the federal government and the private sector firms that maintain that infrastructure, is now on its way to the Senate floor.

Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), was introduced last April and then re-introduced last week with some key changes.  Notably, it no longer gives the president unilateral power to disconnect networks from the Internet in the event of a major cyberattack.  The bill also includes amendments for how the president and private sector can work together to help secure critical infrastructure.

During the hearing, senators expressed how important it is that the Senate passes the legislation quickly, as it’s long overdue.  “The government hasn’t gotten its act together; the private sector has had problems getting its act together,” he said.  Bill Nelson (D-Florida) said that might even be too much time in light of potential cyber threats.

The House last month passed its own cybersecurity bill, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009 (HR 4061), first introduced by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) last year.

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