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Cybersecurity legislation is still needed according to lawmakers

Cybersecurity today is a huge issue not only for businesses and individuals in the United States, but also for the federal government. Defense News reports that the White House is working with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and others to draft an executive order to counter cybersecurity threats. 
 
The cybersecurity effort from the White House and other governmental agencies comes after the U.S. Senate failed in an attempt to pass its own cybersecurity legislation. The legislation from the U.S. Senate would have set security standards for companies who operate critical systems for the United States infrastructure such as the electrical grid, water treatment facilities, and transportation systems.
 
An executive order on cybersecurity will not replace the need for cybersecurity legislation according to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. She says that the Executive Order will be less effective than legislation because it can't do several important things. An Executive Order is unable to do things such as provide liability protections for certain companies who are victims of cyber attacks, increase criminal penalties for cyber criminals, and provide the DHS with funding to hire and pay competitive salaries to cybersecurity workers.
 
Napolitano said, "We still need cyber legislation."
 
Some senators have little hope that cybersecurity legislation would be passed during the lame-duck session following the November elections.
 
Senator Joseph Lieberman said, "I would not count on it. The sooner the executive branch is ready to try to fill whatever gaps it can, the safer the country will be." 

Source: Defense News



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By Beenthere on 9/20/2012 12:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
Most rational people now understand that the Internet is a means used to attack people as well as businesses and that additional measures are required to clarify laws to punish those who hack, pirate and attack society.

They need to get this legislation ironed out and passed with significant increases in punishment and repayment for all losses and costs associated with prosecution and incarceration.




"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes














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