Senators Introduce Wide-Ranging Bill To Boost DHS Cybersecurity Authority

February 15, 2012
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Top members of the Senate Commerce, Intelligence, and Homeland Security committees introduced a long-awaited bill on Tuesday to address a wide range of cybersecurity issues in government and private industry.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 2105) would direct the Department of Homeland Security to assess and determine what industries to classify as “critical infrastructure.” If selected, industries like electric grids or financial services would be required to meet a minimum level of cybersecurity

Under the bill, all of DHS’s cybersecurity efforts would be consolidated in a new National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications. The legislation would also seek to increase information sharing between the government and private businesses; provide a new program for research and development; and increase standards for federal networks.

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