White House Wants Tougher Penalties for Computer Breaches

Almost two years after outlining a broad strategy intended to strengthen the security of the nation’s computers and networks, the Obama administration said Thursday that it was sending proposed legislation to Congress that would strengthen penalties for any invasion of private computer systems.But the White House, in a briefing for reporters, said it had elected not to seek authority for stringent top-down regulations that would require companies to erect specific barriers to computer intrusions — which corporations feared would be enormously costly and soon be outdated.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/us/politics/13obama.htmlAlso see:Obama Cybersecurity Plan Urges More Disclosure of Breaches
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn talks about proposed cuts to defense spending and the impact on military operations. Lynn, speaking on Bloomberg Television’s “InBusiness with Margaret Brennan,” also discusses the rising threat from Internet “cyber” attacks. (Source: Bloomberg)The Homeland Security Department would “work with industry” to detect vulnerabilities in electrical grids and financial networks, according to a summary of the proposal released today by the White House. The plan also calls for mandatory minimum penalties for computer-related crimes.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-12/white-house-releases-proposed-cybersecurity-legislation.htmlObama presses Congress on cybersecurity measures
The White House on Thursday pressed Congress to pass strong cybersecurity measures to protect consumers’ personal information and safeguard the nation’s financial system and electric power grid from potentially devastating attacks.Several cybersecurity bills have limped along in Congress over the past year, despite high-profile hacker attacks on Nasdaq OMX Group and a more recent one on Sony Corp that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million of its online video game users.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/05/12/us-usa-cybersecurity-idUKTRE74B2Z820110512Cyber security plan proposed by White House
The White House has proposed legislation to protect the country from cyber attacks by hackers, criminals and spies.Under the plan, companies that run infrastructure like power plants and financial systems would get incentives to make sure their systems are secure.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would also have the authority to impose its own security on industry.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/13384146White House sends Congress a long-awaited cybersecurity proposal
The White House on Thursday sent Congress a formal proposal for cybersecurity legislation to help Senate lawmakers craft a passable bill from 50-some measures currently pending in both chambers.The long-awaited framework would formally grant the Homeland Security Department oversight of cybersecurity operations within civilian federal agencies — a role it has played in practice since last summer. Given the dearth of cyber experts in civilian agencies, the proposal would give DHS the same flexibility the Pentagon currently has to rapidly hire skilled professionals at competitive salary levels, Obama administration officials told reporters during a Thursday conference call.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110512_3812.phpWhite House to unveil cybersecurity proposal
The White House on Thursday was expected to unveil a major cybersecurity proposal aimed at protecting critical U.S. infrastructure from computer attacks including many believed to originate in China.The White House proposal would give new impetus to a long-running cybersecurity debate in the U.S. Congress, where lawmakers have been working on various pieces of legislation, including one circulated in 2010 that would give President Barack Obama emergency powers to combat hackers.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/05/12/oukin-uk-usa-cybersecurity-idUKTRE74B39920110512White House proposes cybersecurity legislation
The White House today sent Congress a proposed cybersecurity law designed to force companies to do more to fend off cyberattacks, a threat that has been reinforced by recent reports about vulnerabilities in systems used in power and water utilities.This proposal seems designed to prod the legislative branch to enact by the end of the year some variety of cybersecurity legislation, which has been stalled by concerns about privacy, Internet “kill switches,” and overreaching regulation. One proposal from Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), for instance, would have explicitly given the government the power to “order the disconnection” of specific networks or Web sites.

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