Monday, May 16, 2011

White House delivers cybersecurity legislation

I think we're going to start seeing more of this in the coming years.


By Ellen Messmer, Network World
May 12, 2011 02:31 PM ET

The White House today sent its cybersecurity legislation to Capitol Hill, asking for changes in the law that will give the Dept. of Homeland Security more authority and duties in overseeing both private-sector and government networks. The White House is also asking for a national data-breach law that would supersede the patchwork of state data-breach laws now in place around the country.

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The White House said it's asking Congress to consider its legislative proposal, which is aimed at "improving cybersecurity for the American people, our nation's critical infrastructure, and the federal government's own networks and computers."

The proposed legislation asks for a national federal law for reporting data breaches, in order to make it easier for businesses by eliminating the patchwork of state laws that now exists. The White House is also asking for new penalties for cybercrime by clarifying that these types of crimes fall under Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). And thirdly, the White House wants a clear statutory framework that would give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) more flexibility in assisting industry, states and local governments when they suffer computer break-ins.

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