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Lawmakers, industry spar over cybersecurity standards

July 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While Senate lawmakers wrangle over compromises that could bring cybersecurity legislation up for a final vote, industry and advocacy groups are lining up to make sure their interests are represented in the bill. The Senate is debating a procedural vote that could allow the chamber to move ahead with the ...

Defense officials: Sequestration cuts would be 'devastating' for cybersecurity

July 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Potential budget cuts under sequestration would take a major toll on efforts to fight cyberthreats, top officers from each of the military branches warned a House Armed Services subcommittee on Wednesday. “It would be devastating,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot told the House Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities ...

Senators using crime stories to push cybersecurity bill

July 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s not a matter of whether a catastrophic cyberattack will happen, but when. That’s the message Senate backers of broad cybersecurity legislation repeated over and over on Tuesday as they sought to highlight what they see as the danger of inaction. Experts differ on the likelihood of a truly disastrous ...

Cybersecurity compromise: Responsible move or political cover?

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In showing flexibility on their demands for cybersecurity standards for the private sector, the White House and Senate sponsors of broad cybersecurity legislation joined the prevailing view that passing a bill is more important than fighting over the details. After months of closed-door briefings by federal officials intent on impressing ...

Five reasons why cybersecurity is a tough nut to crack

July 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the Senate hoping to end its deadlock on wide-ranging cybersecurity legislation as early as next week, calls are growing for Congress to do something — anything — to secure America’s computer networks. The security firm Symantec estimates that businesses around the world lose at least $114 billion annually to ...

Any cybersecurity bill is better than no bill, senate panel told

July 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A panel of security experts urged Congress on Wednesday to do something—anything—to combat cyberthreats to the United States. The panel of witnesses before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had specific recommendations, but with a nearly unified voice they all agreed that moving ahead with any current legislative ...

Privacy trumps cybersecurity, poll shows

July 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Proposals to increase cybersecurity by allowing businesses and government to share information may enjoy bipartisan support in Washington, but Americans aren’t sold on the idea, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds. Almost two-thirds of respondents—63 percent—said government and businesses should not be allowed to share information because ...

Cyber Command Chief: Act on cyber bills before 'something bad happens'

July 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cybersecurity legislation should be passed before a catastrophic cyberattack causes the United States to overreact, the head of U.S. Cyber Command said on Monday. Changes to cybersecurity policies should be done while lawmakers can think calmly and rationally about securing American networks while protecting civil liberties and privacy, Gen. Keith ...

What it means to be free: Groups clash over how to ensure open Internet

July 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 200 years ago, a group of American leaders debated what it meant to be free. Now, a growing group of leaders around the world are debating what it means to keep the Internet free. Timed to coincide with Independence Day celebrations, a coalition of 85 companies as well ...

Consumer groups: Privacy meetings favor D.C.

July 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Consumer advocates are complaining that a lack of technology may mean that many people outside the Washington, D.C., area may not be able to participate in meetings aimed at designing new online privacy protections. A dozen privacy and consumer groups wrote the head of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and ...