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New Cybersecurity Legislation Proposed

By: Absolute Team | 4/20/2009

A new National cybersecurity bill is currently being introduced to legislation by Senator Rockefeller (Chairman for the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation) and Senator Snowe. The bill would create the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor within the Executive Office of the President, an advisory position that would report directly to the President and serve as lead on all cyber matters. This position would co-ordinate with the intelligence community as well as civilian agencies.

The new cybersecurity legislation proposes additional changes to address issues of cyber crime, global cyber espionage and cyber attacks.

"I believe Congress must bring new high-level governmental attention to develop a fully integrated, thoroughly coordinated, public-private partnership to our cybersecurity efforts in the 21st century." - Senator Rockefeller

The Rockefeller-Snow initiative would include provisions for:

  • Raising the profile of cybersecurity within the Federal government, including the aforementioned Office plus a comprehensive national strategy, a quadrennial cybersecurity review and a threat and vulnerability assessment
  • Promoting public awareness and protecting civil liberties, including a legal review of the statutory and regulatory framework applicable, changes required, and a report on identity management and civil liberties
  • Remaking the relationship between government and the private sector on cybersecurity, including a public-private clearinghouse for cyber threat and vulnerability information sharing, an Advisory Panel, enforceable cybersecurity standards, licensing for cybersecurity professionals, State and regional cybersecurity centers for small and medium-sized businesses, and more
  • Fostering innovation and creativity in cybersecurity to develop long-term solutions, including increased recruitment for students into cybersecurity, increased funding for R&D, and an attempt to place a dollar value on cybersecurity risk

Read more about the new cybersecurity legislation being proposed here.