Tag Archives: Cybersecurity Act of 2012

President Obama Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

In his State of the Union message on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he had signed an Executive Order addressing the cybersecurity of  critical infrastructure.  President Obama emphasized that in the face of threats to corporate secrets, the power grid, and financial institutions, among others, “We cannot look back years from now and wonder why … Continue Reading

Senator Rockefeller Requests Cybersecurity Information from Fortune 500 Companies

In the wake of the Senate’s failure to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation in August and amid continued discussion about the possibility of a cybersecurity executive order, Senator Jay Rockefeller has sought information directly from Fortune 500 companies.  Senator Rockefeller has urged President Obama to issue a cybersecurity executive order, but in a letter sent to … Continue Reading

White House Considers Cybersecurity Executive Order

Before recessing in August, the Senate considered, but failed to pass, comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 3414) (“CSA2012”). Shortly thereafter, during a Council on Foreign Relations event on August 8, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan stated that the President is considering using an executive order to implement portions of the … Continue Reading

Senate Scheduled To Consider Cybersecurity Legislation

Yesterday, the Senate voted to move forward with a floor debate of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (“CSA2012”) (S. 3414), and the White House formally endorsed CSA2012, saying it will strengthen efforts to secure American networks against cyberattacks.  As a result of yesterday’s procedural vote, the Senate is likely to consider the current version of … Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012

On July 19, 2012, Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced a revised version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (“CSA2012”), which they initially introduced in February. The revision includes elements drawn from efforts by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) to … Continue Reading

House Approves Two Cybersecurity Bills

On Thursday, the House voted on and passed two cybersecurity bills. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) (H.R. 3523), sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and more than a hundred other Congressmen, passed by a vote of 248-168. As previously discussed on this blog, CISPA would facilitate information sharing between private entities and … Continue Reading

Republican Senators Introduce SECURE IT Act

Yesterday Senator John McCain (R-AZ) introduced the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act of 2012 (SECURE IT Act). The bill's cosponsors include Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Coats (R-IN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Richard Burr (R-NC).… Continue Reading

Senate Holds Hearing on Newly Introduced ‘Cybersecurity Act of 2012’

By David Fagan Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on the “Cybersecurity Act of 2012.” Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) introduced the bill, S. 2105, on Tuesday with co-sponsors Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV). S. 2105 builds on prior cybersecurity bills … Continue Reading