Cybersecurity Bill Offered Up as Amendment to NDAA

jay andC-SPANAs the Senate Armed Forces Committee works on the latest iteration of the National Defense Authorization Act, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va) sees it as a good opportunity to try again to pass cybersecurity legislation. He has submitted the Cybersecurity Act of 2013, legislation passed in the Senate Commerce Committee this summer after the failure of CISPA to gain momentum. Though the legislation failed to pass Congress this summer, the president issued an executive order to implement some of the objectives anyway, or, as the Hill reports:

The measure is far more modest than legislation that Rockefeller and other Senate Democrats backed last year. That bill would have pressured critical infrastructure companies, such as banks and power plants, to meet minimum cybersecurity regulations.

After opposition from Republicans killed last year's bill, President Obama issued an executive order instructing the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to craft voluntary cybersecurity best-practices for critical infrastructure companies.

Rockefeller's amendment would codify the executive order into law. It would also boost cybersecurity education, research and development for cyber threats. 

The text of the two amendments Rockefeller submitted (among more than 500 NDAA amendments) can be read here and here.

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  • Swiss Servator, kirsch anyone?||

    ...Silent Bob.

  • Dave Krueger||

    Cyber security is critically important. And, given the stunningly successful rollout of the super secure Obamacare network, it stands to reason that the U.S. government should be leading the way on infrastructure security.

  • Homple||

    Why bother with a law that will be disobeyed with impunity by government officials anyway?

  • SweatingGin||

    Small amount of searching didn't turn up "kill switch", but I'd be rather interested to know if it is in there somewhere.

  • thorax232||

    I understand that they're calling a republic and democracy, but what's the point of doing even that anymore? Just call it what it is, an oligarchy. Then... we shut it all down.

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