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.