Senate cyber bill faces bumpy road ahead

February 21, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Requirements
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The Senate’s comprehensive cybersecurity bill may have been three years in the making, went through multiple renditions and been reviewed by hundreds of people in Congress, industry, the government and academia, but it’s far from a done deal.

A growing number of Republican lawmakers and industry officials are concerned about the section of the bill trying to address perceived vulnerabilities in critical infrastructures, such as power grids, water systems and telecommunications services.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined in with a chorus of Republican lawmakers charging the bill calls for too much regulation by the Homeland Security Department of critical infrastructure owners and operators. They also say the bill calls for redundant oversight mechanisms.

What the lawmakers and industry groups don’t disagree on is the immediate need for comprehensive cyber legislation to combat the growing threat.

The issue is how best to get there.

via Federal News Radio, continued here.