July 26, 2012

Cybersecurity Bill Forthcoming

Just last night the Senate opened debate on a procedural vote that could lead to a final vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The bill, backed by the Obama Administration, would encourage industries to select voluntary security standards; illuminate and streamline information sharing between government and business; and update federal network security policies. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) remarked:
"‘We're trying to see where we can come up with any kind of a consensus bill that we get 60 votes, now that's the purpose. The process of doing that was not discussed,’ she said. ‘I don't think honestly we would be able to have a complete substitute that we would all sign onto, but we might be able to have amendments that might get 60 votes. It's just unclear right now.’"