It would be an understatement to say that Congress has taken a multifarious approach on cybersecurity legislation.
In the Senate, where the focus has been on comprehensive legislation, there are two competing bills: One offered by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called the SECURE IT Act, and the other introduced by a trio of senators from across the aisle called the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.
The House, meanwhile, has even more cyber bills circulating, although most of them are much smaller in scope than either of the Senate’s.
Paul Rosenzweig, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and the former the deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Homeland Security Department, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the competing proposals.
Rosenzweig hosted a Heritage Foundation discussion that included remarks by the Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who has also introduced a bill dealing with cybersecurity and intelligence sharing.
Rosenzweig said while he appreciates both approaches, he tends to favor a more incremental method.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 8-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.