Cybersecurity legislation awaiting White House response

March 8, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Fierce Government IT

Having reintroduced the Cybersecurity Freedom Act of 2011 on Feb. 17 (S.413 .pdf), the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee is now waiting for high-level views on the legislation from the White House, said Majority Counsel Jeff Greene, who added that the administration’s feedback is a key element for moving forward.

Cybersecurity is one of the few issues that will not be affected by midterm elections, said Greene while speaking on a March 3 panel at the American Bar Association’s Homeland Security Law Institute in Washington, D.C.

“The members are very serious about this. They get the briefings; they know that we’re at risk. In the best tradition of the Congress and the country, when we’re talking about national security issues, most of the politics has fallen off to the side,” said Greene.

While stressing the importance of setting clear lanes for cyber incident response, David Delaney, deputy associate general counsel in the office of general counsel at the Homeland Security Department, also aimed to temper extreme language that has entered the debate.

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