Congress, The Administration Move Forward To Secure Critical US Infrastructure

Cyber-attacks by both private actors and nation states against US critical infrastructure and individual communications users are on the rise. In Washington, DC, policy makers are increasing their focus on cyber threats on multiple fronts.

While in recent days lawmakers have been somewhat distracted from cybersecurity by revelations surrounding the surveillance of phone and Internet metadata by US intelligence programs, cybersecurity remains one of the top priorities of Congress. Both the House and Senate Homeland Security committees, which have jurisdiction over cybersecurity legislation, are now in the process of developing bills on protecting critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks.

In addition, the Obama Administration continues to work on implementing the President’s Cybersecurity Executive Order, aiming to develop standards and guidelines for securing critical infrastructure that will be applicable across many sectors.

In the coming days we will send an in-depth look at these breaking developments. Please watch for it.

Topics:  Barack Obama, Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Executive Orders

Published In: Elections & Politics Updates, Energy & Utilities Updates, Privacy Updates, Science, Computers & Technology Updates, Transportation Updates

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