|July 1, 2012
Source: The Hill
Senators are set to tackle legislation to protect the nation’s computer system when the upper chamber returns from its July 4th recess, but the efforts are being hampered by disagreements over the government’s role in overseeing cybersecurity standards.
Senate Majority Leader Harry (D-Nev.) has repeatedly said he believes cybersecurity legislation is critical, and he is expected to push for a vote in July.
“There hasn’t been a time that I’ve talked with [Reid] in the last year where he hasn’t talked about the need to get cybersecurity to the floor,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) told reporters after a Senate hearing last week. “No other subject reigns so supreme.”
Lawmakers of both parties worry that hackers are stealing America’s business secrets and that an attack on a vital computer system could cause thousands of deaths.
But sharp differences remain. Senate Democrats are still trying to round up the necessary 60 votes to bring their preferred bill to the floor.