Cybersecurity


Senators seek Obama's advice, consent on cybersecurity legislation

As senators try to reconcile several cybersecurity-related bills under consideration, the Senate’s leadership wants President Barack Obama’s advice.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the leaders of six Senate committees recently sent a letter to th president  asking for his “views on the optimal organizational structure, necessary updates and reforms to legislation, and regulations governing communications networks and information systems, and additional authorities needed to facilitate effective government leadership and response to cyber threats and vulnerabilities.”

The senators are working to develop comprehensive legislation that would give the government the capabilities and authorities needed for cybersecurity.

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Posted on Jul 07, 2010 at 7:22 PM0 comments


Senate Republicans argue against White House cyber coordinator

Two Republican senators have introduced a cybersecurity bill that’s substantively different than many of the other numerous proposals to boost computer security in one key way: it argues against having the cyber coordinator in the White House.

Instead, the bill, introduced by Sens. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on June 24, would set up a national cyber center at the Defense Department to coordinate agencies’ computer security programs.

This measure differs from the two pieces of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation that have cleared separate Senate committees. Each proposal – one by Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D- W. Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and the other by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Thomas Carper (D-Del.) – calls for a Senate-confirmed cyber coordinator at the White House.

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Posted on Jun 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM0 comments


Senators say no 'kill switch' in bill

As the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee prepares to consider comprehensive cybersecurity legislation today, that committee’s leaders are working to make clear what exactly the bill would, and, perhaps most importantly, wouldn’t do.

Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) -- chairman and ranking Republican on the committee, respectively -- and sponsors of the bill, yesterday released a fact sheet about their legislation that listed five “myths” about the bill.

For example, the senators said the legislation wouldn’t give the president a “kill switch” to shut down the Internet as some have suggested. The bill also wouldn’t give the president the authority to take over the entire Internet or monitor private networks, according to the fact sheet said.

The committee plans to take up the bill this afternoon at 2:30.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 at 7:21 PM2 comments


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