It’s “Cyber Week” in Washington

April 23, 2012
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I’m not too much of a politics sort of guy but several headlines caught my attention for this upcoming week. Being a suspicious person … many of these bills often sound good on the surface but I often question the true motives behind each. Maybe there are no motives and people are just trying to make the world a better place … but more than likely they aren’t. But that’s how our government runs and I guess we have to take the good with the bad.

Here’s a quick run-down of all the bills being looked at this week:

  • Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA): Yeah, this is that really controversial one you’ve been hearing about. On the cover H.R. 3523 looks like the government is just trying to improve information sharing. Underneath the sheets though many are worried about extended government surveillance. Expect lots of headlines on this story throughout the week. (track it on GovTrack.us)
  • Federal Information Security Amendments Act (FISCAM): Also known as the FISMA Act of 2012 or H.R. 4257, this bill would require agencies to be more proactive and implement continuous monitoring efforts. Is anything going to improve FISMA? Maybe … but it’s the implementation details at the agency level I worry about. (track it on GovTrack.us)
  • Cybersecurity Enhancement Act: This piece of legislation, also known as H.R. 2096, focuses on providing more funding for R&D efforts as well as developing the future cybersecurity workforce. (track it on GovTrack.us)
  • Advancing America’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act: Here’s another bill aimed at advancing cyberseucrity R&D efforts. It’s also known as H.R. 3834. (track it on GovTrack.us)

I pulled most of this information from a good article I found on NationalJournal.com (see below). You can also find more commentary on these bills over at FederalNewsRadio.com here and here. TheHill.com also had a good article describing CISPA.

via NationalJournal.com

The House is set to take the lead in considering a wide range of measures designed to bolster America’s cyberdefenses this week, taking on as many as four cybersecurity bills.

Measures coming up during “Cyber Week” include bills that would encourage businesses and government to share threat information; increase cyber research, development, and education; and update federal network security practices.

“From the perspective of America’s major innovators, there is no Republican cybersecurity or Democratic cybersecurity. There is only American cybersecurity, where urgent action is needed now,” 10 telecom and technology industry groups wrote in a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Pushed by the White House, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leaders proposed sweeping legislation that includes greater government oversight of some critical private networks. Senate Republicans, worried about regulation, stymied the momentum with competing legislation based on voluntary measures and incentives for businesses.

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Any thoughts on whether any of this legislation is going to change anything? Today’s post pic is from SableVerity.com. See ya!

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4 Responses to It’s “Cyber Week” in Washington

  1. (@Nathiet) (@Nathiet) on April 23, 2012 at 10:04 am

    #NoVABlogger It’s “Cyber Week” in Washington http://t.co/hzf9ALlw

  2. (@novainfosec) (@novainfosec) on April 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    It’s “Cyber Week” in Washington http://t.co/I6VcTrey //Quick overview of the 4 bills being voted on.

  3. (@novainfosec) (@novainfosec) on April 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Just a little post explaining the 4 “cyber” bills being voted on this week. http://t.co/I6VcTrey

  4. (@novainfosec) (@novainfosec) on April 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    CISPA, FISCAM & more await vote this “cyber week.” http://t.co/I6VcTrey

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