Lieberman Urges President to Use Executive Powers to Improve Security of Critical Cyber Networks in Washington Post Oped
The Washington Post editorial pages on 10/1012 included an oped by Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman in support of the President's intention to use the full range of his executive authority to better secure the nation's most critical cyber networks.
The oped follows on a letter the Chairman wrote to the President, specifically urging him to task the Department of Homeland Security with conducting risk assessments of critical infrastructure cyber systems and developing security standards. In the absence of Senate action on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, S3414, and the presence of a real and imminent threat of cyber attack, Lieberman also asked the President to consider incentives for companies that comply voluntarily with minimum standards.
In August, the Senate failed 52-46 to move forward on the bill (60 votes were needed) despite a steady drumbeat of bipartisan security experts calling for passage of the bill. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey added his voice to a chorus that includes General Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency and head of the military's Cyber Command, former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and many others. In addition, both the New York Times and the Washington Post advocated for the bill, as did major IT companies, a number of privacy and civil liberties groups, and a powerful Silicon Valley business group.
The Cybersecurity Act would help protect the nation's most critical infrastructure from cyber attacks by foreign nations, hacktivists, criminals, and terrorists. Opposition from the Chamber of Commerce appeared to have halted the measure in its tracks. Read More »