By Tony Romm
The president would have the power to safeguard essential federal and
private Web resources under draft Senate cybersecurity legislation.
According to an aide familiar with the proposal, the bill includes a
mandate for federal agencies to prepare emergency response plans in the
event of a massive, nationwide cyberattack.
The president would then have the ability to initiate those network
contingency plans to ensure key federal or private services did not go
offline during a cyberattack of unprecedented scope, the aide said.
Ultimately, the legislation is chiefly the brainchild of Sens. Jay
Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the chairman and
ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, respectively. Both
lawmakers have long clamored for a federal cybersecurity bill, charging
that current measures -- including the legislation passed by the House
last year -- are too piecemeal to protect the country's Web
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