[ISN] Revised cybersecurity bill introduced in Senate

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:47:20 -0600 (CST)

By Jaikumar Vijayan
March 17, 2010

A revised version of a cybersecurity bill first proposed last year was 
introduced again in the U.S. Senate today, notably without a 
controversial provision that would have given the President authority to 
disconnect networks from the Internet during a national emergency.

The bill, called the Cybersecurity Act, is sponsored by Senators Jay 
Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). It seeks to improve 
national cybersecurity preparedness by fostering a closer collaboration 
between the government and the private sector companies, which own a 
vast portion of the country's critical infrastructure.

The bill contains several provisions designed to encourage the growth of 
a trained and certified cybersecurity workforce, promote public 
awareness of cybersecurity issues and to foster and fund research 
leading to the development of new security technologies.

It would require agency heads to provide information on their 
cybersecurity workforce plans including recruitment, hiring and training 


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