Executivegov.com Written by Molly Mulrain Gov/Web 2.0, Latest News Jun 11, 2010
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee released a new proposal that would grant President Obama and the administration significant authoritative powers over the cyber networks in an event of a cyber attack. The bill is called The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 and is designed to “establish a clear organizational structure to lead federal efforts in safeguarding cyber networks,” as explained by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman.
The bill would allow the president to take control over a complying cyber network to stop incoming data from a particular country upon an attack. It will also organize and condense federal efforts to regulate cyberspace and create the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC). Lieberman explained that it is through these and other elements that the bill would “allow agencies to move away from the system of after-the-fact paperwork compliance to real-time monitoring to secure critical systems.”
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