Homeland Security Bureau Chief Supports New Cybersecurity Bill

By Ashok Bindra March 28, 2012

To give the government new regulatory powers to protect the United States against cyber attacks, a top Federal Communications Commission (FCC) official has endorsed the Cybersecurity Act, a bill authored by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). According to a post on The Hill’s technology blog Hillicon Valley, James Barnett, chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, said during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology that “he supports the regulatory provisions of the Cybersecurity Act.”

The blogger Brendan Sasso wrote, “Legislation would give the Homeland Security Department the power to require that critical systems such as electrical grids, meet minimum cyber security standards.” As per the blog, Barnett made the comment in response to questioning from Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.). Another official to support the Act was Fiona Alexander, an associate administrator at the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

In the post, Sasso added that Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other Republicans have criticized the Lieberman-Collins bill, saying it would create new bureaucracy and burden businesses. In fact, as per the blog, McCain and other Republicans have introduced their own cyber security bill, coined the “Secure It Act.” It focuses on promoting information sharing about cyber threats between the private sector and the government and recommends tough penalties for cyber crimes.

The Secure It Act was just introduced in the House on Tuesday by Representatives Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). During Wednesday's hearing, “Bono Mack argued that the government should be a facilitator, not a regulator of cyber security,” wrote Sasso.

However, as per the blog post, supporters of the Lieberman-Collins bill are warning that without minimum standards for critical systems, the country is at risk of suffering a catastrophic cyber attack. “The White House has endorsed the Lieberman-Collins bill and has warned Congress to not resort to half-measures to beef up cyber security,” wrote Sasso.




Edited by Jamie Epstein

TechZone360 Contributor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Why Blockchain Could Be a Gamechanger

By: Paula Bernier    1/22/2018

Blockchain has become closely associated with the controversial topic of cryptocurrency. And that's fine because blockchain is an enabling technology …

Read More

Consumer Privacy in the Digital Era: Three Trends to Watch

By: Special Guest    1/18/2018

Digital advertising has exploded in recent years, with the latest eMarketer data forecasting $83 billion in revenue this year and continued growth on …

Read More

CES 2018: Terabit Fiber - Closer Than We Think

By: Doug Mohney    1/17/2018

One of the biggest challenges for 5G and last mile 10 Gig deployments is not raw data speeds, but middle mile and core networks. The wireless industry…

Read More

10 Benefits of Drone-Based Asset Inspections

By: Frank Segarra    1/15/2018

Although a new and emerging technology, (which is still evolving), in early 2018, most companies are not aware of the possible benefits they can achie…

Read More

VR Could Change Entertainment Forever

By: Special Guest    1/11/2018

VR could change everything from how we play video games to how we interact with our friends and family. VR has the power to change how we consume all …

Read More