President Barack Obama called for cybersecurity legislation to provide incentives to businesses to protect their information systems from attacks or intrusions in the course of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) on Friday delayed indefinitely a vote on the Protect IP Act, the proposed anti-piracy legislation that drew a widespread internet revolt Wednesday.
The FBI says it is investigating why the websites for the FBI, the Department of Justice, and several entertainment industry sites all went down Thursday after the government shut down one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites.
Some members of the Congress switched sides to oppose antipiracy legislation as protests blanketed the Internet on Wednesday, turning Wikipedia dark and putting black slashes on Google and other sites as if they had been censored.
With public sentiment on the bill shifting in recent weeks and an implicit veto threat now emerging from the White House, Congressional staffers are resigning themselves to writing replacement language or possibly entirely new bills.
The draft version of the comprehensive cybersecurity bill could give the Homeland Security Department the ability to take “any lawful action” against contractors if their systems are under attack.
Sandia National Laboratories, a research arm for the Department of Energy, has created a tool to help federal agencies fight cyber-crooks.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has completed its transition to a cloud-based Google email system, according to a blog postfrom the Internet search giant, making it the largest federal agency to host its email entirely in the cloud.