Cyber Legislation 101: Keeping Track of the Moving Pieces

February 3, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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This week, the House Homeland Security Committee marked up the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act (PRECISE Act, H.R. 3674), sponsored by Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif. The bill tackles multiple cybersecurity issues and creates a new information sharing organization entitled NISO.

Next week the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity, though the focus of the hearing remains in flux, at least publicly. Also, waiting in the wings, is another bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523) by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, that also tackles information sharing. There seems to be some debate about whether the Rogers bill complements or competes with the Lungren bill and it remains unclear whether both bills will move through the House or one will prevail or, worse case scenario, neither one advances. There is also Rep. Michael McCaul’s, R-Texas, cyber R&D bill, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011 (H.R. 2096), which passed through the Science and Technology Committee last year and is largely viewed as noncontroversial.

On the Senate side, a much-awaited comprehensive bill tackling FISMA reform, governmental authorities, critical infrastructure protection, R&D, information sharing, data breaches, and miscellaneous provisions is expected any day, although its “comprehensive” nature appears to be less likely every day. It is not clear whether enough consensus exists around the data breach and information sharing sections to allow them to be included, though the various pieces of the bill seem to be moving hourly. Opposition to the Senate comprehensive effort has been voiced by several Republican Senators as well as such groups as the Chamber of Commerce, though there has not been any alternative legislation offered in place of the comprehensive approach.

via NextGov, continued here.