The Senate will debate cybersecurity legislation in early 2012, according to a letter from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Wednesday.
“Given the magnitude of the threat and the gaps in the government’s ability to respond, we cannot afford to delay action on this critical legislation,” Reid wrote. “For that reason, it is my intent to bring comprehensive cyber security legislation to the Senate floor for consideration during the first Senate work period of next year.”
Both Senate Democrats and the White House have taken to heart warnings from cybersecurity experts that the nation’s critical infrastructure is wide open to a cyber attack that could cripple the national economy or cost numerous lives. Their proposals would task the Department of Homeland Security with regulating network security for sectors including communications and utilities.
via The Hill, continued here.