The pressing need for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation has led to widely divergent paths in the House and Senate. Lawmakers in the House have introduced a slew of bills, mostly favoring a more incremental approach.
However, the Senate took a different tack. Because the issue extends across a number of committees of jurisdiction, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) directed the various Senate committees to work together on a single bill, the culmination of which is the bipartisan Cybersecurity Act of 2012.
Cyber legislation is only one of a number of key bills Congress must pass this year. But with election season fast approaching, some observers are setting low expectations.
Below, read highlights of recent cyber legislation and track their progress.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
— Introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)
Allows the government to share cyber threat information with private companies and encourages private companies to share cyber threat data
Allows the government to use shared cyber threat information to protect against cyber attack and to investigate cyber crime.
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.