The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 would give the Department of Homeland Security power to regulate the kind of company security protections government deems necessary to protect critical infrastructure — such as power and phone companies, water and treatment plants, wireless providers and other companies based on DHS risk assessments. Details emerged during a formal hearing chaired by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., yesterday.Lieberman began the hearing by stating that the proposed law wouldn’t tell companies how to meet security requirements, that they could use any hardware or software they chose, and that all indications were that the law would enhance security innovations. Lieberman also said that despite rumors that have been circling the Internet, there is no Internet “kill switch” in the bill that would allow the President to seize control of the Internet, and there is nothing in the bill that touches on the balance between intellectual property and free speech. He specifically pointed out that there is nothing related to the ill-fated SOPA and PIPA bills in his legislation. See our security laws, regulations and guidelines directory for a deeper perspective.Lieberman also said the bill was carefully crafted to protect privacy and ensure that it is aimed specifically at… Read full this story
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