By Jaikumar Vijayan
March 17, 2010
A revised version of a cybersecurity bill first proposed last year was
introduced again in the U.S. Senate today, notably without a
controversial provision that would have given the President authority to
disconnect networks from the Internet during a national emergency.
The bill, called the Cybersecurity Act, is sponsored by Senators Jay
Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). It seeks to improve
national cybersecurity preparedness by fostering a closer collaboration
between the government and the private sector companies, which own a
vast portion of the country's critical infrastructure.
The bill contains several provisions designed to encourage the growth of
a trained and certified cybersecurity workforce, promote public
awareness of cybersecurity issues and to foster and fund research
leading to the development of new security technologies.
It would require agency heads to provide information on their
cybersecurity workforce plans including recruitment, hiring and training
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