Obama Gives Support to New Cybersecurity Bill
President Obama stressed the need for the Senate to pass “comprehensive cybersecurity legislation” in an op-ed published hours after a revised cybersecurity bill was introduced in the Senate.
“We need to make it easier for the government to share threat information so critical-infrastructure companies are better prepared,” wrote Obama in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
“We need to make it easier for these companies—with reasonable liability protection—to share data and information with government when they’re attacked. And we need to make it easier for government, if asked, to help these companies prevent and recover from attacks.”
The president has not always been kind to Congressional cybersecurity efforts: CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) passed the House in April despite a veto threat from Obama’s top advisors.
The Lieberman-Collins bill, named the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, was designed to beef up private business’ cybersecurity efforts and establish a process by which businesses and government agencies can share information about cyberthreats.