Draft Bill Eyes Strong DHS Role in Cybersecurity

December 6, 2011
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Draft legislation that proposes the establishment of a so-called National Information Sharing Organization will be the subject of a hearing to be held Tuesday by the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

The not-for-profit National Information Sharing Organization wouldshare cyber-threat information among various government and private-sector constituencies and would consist of representatives from federal, state and local governments, businesses representing the nation’s critical infrastructure as well as from seven specific sectors – including banking and healthcare – and the privacy and civil liberties communities.

The draft legislation wouldn’t grant the Department of Homeland Security direct authority over other agencies or the operators of the nation’s critical infrastructure, mostly owned by the private sector, but would provide DHS responsibilities to coordinate cybersecurity activities among government and private-sector entities.

via GovInfoSecurity, continued here.