Locations of visitors to this page FAIR USE NOTICE This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of issues of ecological, political and humanitarian significance. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. DISCLAIMER: Any medical information published on this blog is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Aspen Homeland Security Group Urges Immediate Passage Of Sen. Lieberman’s Cybersecurity Bill


Aspen Homeland Security Group Urges Immediate Passage Of Sen. Lieberman’s Cybersecurity Bill

The Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group Tuesday issued a powerful endorsement for revised, bipartisan cybersecurity legislation introduced by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn).
 The group said in a statement that it “strongly urges the Senate to vote this week to take up S. 3414, The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, for debate on the floor.”
 is co-sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Tom Carper (D-Del).
 A statement signed by 18 leaders in the fields of homeland security, national security, intelligence and law enforcement – half of whom were Bush administration appointees — stated, “We urge the Senate to adopt a program of voluntary cybersecurity standards and strong positive incentives for critical infrastructure operators to implement those standards.”


 The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee began holding periodic hearings on cybersecurity in the late 1990s, before the Committee’s jurisdiction expanded to cover homeland security. In 2010, Chairman Lieberman, Ranking Member Collins, and Federal Financial Management Subcommittee Chairman Carper introduced S. 3480, the Protecting Cyber Space as a National Asset Act to provide the government with a clear structure for dealing with cybersecurity, including the security of the most critical infrastructure owned by the private sector. The bill was passed out of Committee but was not taken up by the full Senate before the Congressional session ended.
In February of 2011, the three Senators reintroduced S. 413, the Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act, which was very similar to the Cyber Space as a National Asset legislation. Since other committees had internet related legislation, Majority Leader Reid directed all committees of jurisdiction to come together and produce a single piece of legislation. That bill, The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, S.2105, was introduced in February 2012 by Senators Lieberman, Collins, Rockefeller, and Feinstein.>>>MORE<<<

Reid would be ‘dumbfounded’ if GOP

blocked cybersecurity bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said he would be “dumbfounded” if Republican members blocked cybersecurity legislation from moving to the floor for debate.
Responding to whether he had the 60 votes needed to consider Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) cybersecurity bill, Reid said he didn’t know, but noted “we have a good count of Democrats.”
Reid added that former Republican defense officials have told him “it’s the most important issue since the nuclear age began,” and he committed to allowing consideration of amendments relevant to cybersecurity.
“I’ve said many, many times, amendments will be allowed that are relevant to this issue. There’s no reason we can’t have a debate on this,” Reid told reporters. “So if [Republicans are] going to stop this, I am dumbfounded why.”
The Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group — which includes former Bush-appointed defense officials Michael Chertoff and Michael Hayden as members — urged the Senate on Tuesday to vote this week to take up the cybersecurity bill for debate on the floor.

No comments: