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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:36 PM

Cybersecurity Bill Dead After Second U.S. Senate Rebuff

Source: Reuters

Cybersecurity bill dead after second U.S. Senate rebuff

Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:12pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared a U.S. cybersecurity bill, opposed by business and privacy groups, dead on Wednesday after it failed a test vote for the second time.

The bill would have increased information-sharing between intelligence agencies and private companies. It also would have set voluntary standards for businesses that control electric grids or water treatment plants.

Business groups opposed the bill as overregulation and privacy groups worried it might open the door to Internet eavesdropping.

"Everyone should understand cybersecurity is dead for this Congress," said Reid, a Democrat, adding, "Whatever we do on this bill, it's not enough for the Chamber of Commerce."

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8AE04720121115

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Hissyspit Nov 2012 OP
msongs Nov 2012 #1
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elbloggoZY27 Nov 2012 #3
woo me with science Nov 2012 #4
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #5

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:38 PM

1. put everything off til the new congress is sworn in nt

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:54 PM

2. Dead Dead Deadsky...

... like in Beatlejuice.

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:19 PM

3. Cyber Insecurity

 

And they talk about a sex scandal in the CIA.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:35 PM

4. Paving the way for Obama's executive order on cybersecurity,

which has already been drafted and leaked to the media.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:58 PM

5. Personally, I'm in favor of INvoluntary...

...standards for our basic, life-supporting infrastructure: water, electric grids, etc. Any serious geeks out there (like me) know how exposed we really are. And I'm not necessarily talking about terrorism, either - although that is, unfortunately, part of it. We need our life-grids to be secure, to talk to each other seamlessly; to exist under an umbrella of standards and professionalism that only the federal government can both supply and audit.

But that is an entirely separate circumstance from the privacy issues surrounding information-sharing between "...intelligence agencies and private companies." Or information gathering and sharing in general. We need more privacy, not less.

And yes, the argument can be made that the above two paragraphs are in conflict. Too bad. It just makes the problem more difficult - not insoluble.

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