Langevin introduces cybersecurity bill

March 18, 2011
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via The Hill

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) unveiled a comprehensive cybersecurity bill on Wednesday that would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to regulate the security of private networks deemed part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

“Our nation sits at a crucial moment, where cyber attacks are common, but have not yet significantly impacted or endangered the American way of life,” Langevin said. “As the Director of the CIA said at a hearing last month, ‘This is the battleground for the future.'”

The bill would give DHS the authority to create an enforcement risk-based security standards for utility firms, financial institutions and other private networks deemed crucial to the nation’s physical and economic security. The approach appears similar to the cybersecurity bill championed by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in recent years.

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