OVERNIGHT TECH: Senate Judiciary wades into cybersecurity

June 21, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via The Hillicon Valley

The Senate Judiciary Committee will wade into the cybersecurity debate Tuesday with a hearing on the Obama administration’s legislative proposal in front of the subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, chaired by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). The Judiciary Committee is just one of several in the upper chamber that will take part in the upcoming negotiations over comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, which is expected to borrow heavily from the White House proposal unveiled last month.

The plan would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of safeguarding firms deemed critical infrastructure and vital to national security. The hearing will focus on those elements within the committee’s jurisdiction: a national data breach notification standard, increased criminal penalties for hackers, and voluntary sharing of information on cybersecurity.

In a departure from the norm, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who recently introduced his own cybersecurity bill in the House, will testify first with his views on the White House proposal. He will be followed by a panel of administration officials including deputy attorney general James Baker, DHS acting deputy under secretary Greg Schaffer and National Institute of Standards and Technology senior Internet policy adviser Ari Schwartz.

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