US Chamber of Commerce leads defeat of cyber-security bill

US Chamber of Commerce leads defeat of cyber-security bill
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, top national security officials held a classified briefing in the Capitol for about half the Senate, warning that the country's crucial infrastructure was highly vulnerable to a major cyber attack and urging Congress to move swiftly ...

Despite Threat of 'Cyber 9/11′, Lawmakers Punt Cyber Security Bill
ABC News (blog)
In recent days the Obama administration ratcheted up the fear, warning that without this legislation the nation's security is at risk, vulnerable to a far-reaching cyber attack, a sentiment echoed throughout this week's debate in the Senate. Get more pure politics ...

ABC News (blog)

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012: Are We Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
Huffington Post
Private companies will have to adopt these defensive solutions any way to protect their own operations and profits -- and, believe me, the downtime, damage and litigation costs resulting from a sophisticated cyber attack far outweigh the expense of securing ... of government-backed cybersecurity standards: CIA director (and DIRNSA) Michael Hayden, former homelandsecurity director Michael Chertoff, former director of national intelligence Mike McConnell and former assistant Defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

Business fuels death of cyber bill
The Star-Ledger -
What they did not do: race to self-regulate to appease Congress the way industries in the crosshairs usually do -- a sign that they believed they'd win in the end. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, the tougher of the two main bills in the Senate, failed to clear a procedural hurdle Thursday to get a full vote -- despite widespread predictions of crippling cyberattacks. "You'd think they'd step up, but they think they can avoid it, so they want to push it off," Senate Homeland SecurityCommittee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) ...

Hopes fade for new US cybersecurity law in 2012
Senate fails to advance bill, with time running out. * Conflicts over privacy, regulation persist. By Jasmin Melvin. WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Despite growing concerns of the threat of cyberattacks, chances of a new U.S. cybersecurity law passing this ...

Senate fails to pass bill to protect infrastructure from cyber attack
Press Herald
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday fell short of passing legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage despite national security officials' warnings about the potential for ...

Press Herald

Cyber Arms Deals And Latin America In The Post-Stuxnet World
Guest Blogger, W. Alex Sanchez, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, and participant in the International Cybersecurity Dialogue, introduces the issues surrounding cyberarms dealing, especially as they relate to Latin America. In a way, the Stuxnet virus is not that ...Hence, it is part of my job to see how the development of cyber security affairs in the Global North (which I regard as the U.S., Europe, Israel, Russia and China), will affect Latin America in the coming years. This becomes even more ...

White House: GOP sided with special interests over national security on cyber vote
The Hill (blog)
White House press secretary Jay Carney blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday for blocking a cybersecurity bill, accusing them of catering to special interests over national security. "[T]he politics of obstructionism, driven by special interest groups seeking to avoid accountability, prevented Congress from passing legislation to better protect our nation from potentially catastrophic cyber-attacks," Carney said in a statement. Although he didn't single out any particular interest groups, the bill's supporters, including ...

Failure to act on cybersecurity puts nation at risk
The Hill (blog)
Unfortunately, we do not dictate the terms of the cyber war we are in, and the tempo of the fight does not slow down to wait for Congress to act. Cyber threats pose a significant risk to our national security as well as our nation's critical infrastructure and our ...

Daily Report: Cybersecurity Bill Blocked by GOP Filibuster
New York Times (blog)
On Bits, Several Silicon Valley security experts shared their take on the bill, thecyber threat and the potential, as some have warned, for a 9/11-style cyberattack. The bill would have established optional standards for the computer systems that oversee the ...

New York Times (blog)

Cybersecurity Bill Blocked as Hopes Dim for Compromise
Wall Street Journal
The White House, which criticized the Republican move as obstructionism, is weighing options to address cybersecurity gaps on its own. Possible new steps include a cyber intelligence center, regulatory measures and a presidential directive to bolster ...

Senate Can Filibuster Cyber Security Bill
Courthouse News Service
(CN) - A cyber-defense bill that divided national security hawks and privacy advocates was put on the ropes on Thursday by Republican Senators inclined to leave the protection of critical U.S. infrastructure mostly to private corporations. The White House expressed its "profound disappointment" about the development. "Despite the President's ... from passing legislation to better protect our nation from potentially catastrophic cyber-attacks," the statement said. TheCyberSecurity Act of 2012, proposed by Sen. Joseph ...

Cyber safety bill delayed until Sept.
Nashua Telegraph
“The politics of obstructionism, driven by special interest groups seeking to avoid accountability, prevented Congress from passing legislation to better protect our nation from potentially catastrophic cyber-attacks,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. Failure to approve the Senate's Cybersecurity Act of 2012 before the August congressional recess amounted to a rejection of advice from senior national security officials, including Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ...

Cyber Security Act dies on the US Senate floor
Introduced in February, the Cyber Security Act aimed to strengthen US defences against cyberattacks and encourage information sharing on threats between businesses and the US government. ... "Today, despite the strong leadership of Senators Reid, Lieberman, Collins, Rockefeller and Feinstein, an overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, the only comprehensive piece of cybersecuritylegislation that would have begun to address vulnerabilities in the ...

GOP Filibuster Blocks Senate Cybersecurity Act (blog)
By a vote of of 52 to 46, the US Senate has blocked the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The bill called for establishing optional cyber security standards for the computer systems that control the US's power grids, dams, transportation and other critical parts of its ...

Senate Defeat Of Flawed Cybersecurity Bill Allows Time For Improvement
The bill would have directed the Department of Homeland Security to conduct sector-by-sector cybersecurity risk assessments of critical infrastructure, identify risk-based cybersecurity performance requirements, implement cyber response and restoration ...


Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Dies In Senate
Channelnomics (blog)
Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA2012), which promised to harden U.S. cyber defenses and establish requirements for critical infrastructure, was defeated in the Senate Thursday. ...Perhaps not surprisingly, the defeat of CSA 2012 was seen as a setback by the private-sector ITsecurity industry – including the channel – which would have been called on forthe assessments, consulting and implementation needed for upgrades, as well as monitoring and maintenance of the new cybersecurity systems for government ...

A Senate cyber-security bill fails to overcome a filibuster
KRNV My News 4
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 would have set standards to deal with large-scale cyber attacks on the nation's infrastructure. Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman had some strong words about the bill not ... "I hope and pray we can find a way to get back to common ground to protect America's common ground, America's common cyber ground, but it's hard to see today as anything but a failure of the Senate and a setback for our national security." Senators voted 52-to-46 in favor of the bill. The bill needed 60 votes to ...

Senate block cybersecurity bill before election
San Francisco Chronicle
CYBERSECURITY. Bill blocked before election. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill intended to boost U.S. computer defenses, dealing a blow to a measure President Obama says is needed to prevent potentially crippling cyberattacks by hackers. An attempt ... With the Senate set to begin an August recess, the odds are slim for reviving a computer security bill before November's election, said James Lewis, technology program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

San Francisco Chronicle

Cybersecurity bill fails in Senate
Washington Post
House lawmakers, who have passed a cyber-information-sharing bill, urged the Senate to follow suit. “This can't be the end of the story,” House intelligence committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said of the vote. “The Senate needs to get back to work ...

Senate Votes Down Lieberman Cyber Bill
The Senate rejected a cybersecurity bill Thursday and any cyber legislation will likely have to wait until 2013, The Hill newspaper reports. Ramsey Cox and Jennifer Martinez report theCybersecurity Act, sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) ...

Cyber security bill fails in US Senate
Hindu Business Line
The bill was a “comprehensive piece of cyber security legislation” but it was foiled by “the politics of obstructionism, driven by special interest groups seeking to avoid accountability,” it said in a statement. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs ...

Hindu Business Line

Sen. Murkowski: Process Matters
Power Engineering Magazine
"There is no question that cybersecurity is a critical issue. I'm sure that every member of this body shares the concern that our nation may be vulnerable to cyber-attacks that could have severe economic and national security ramifications. Indeed, with over 180 ...

Republicans reject deal on cyber bill
Financial Times
A long-running legislative effort intended to reinforce the protection of critical infrastructure in the US from cyber attack collapsed after Republican senators rejected an 11th hour compromise. The defeat on ... Republicans and business groups had strongly opposed an earlier version of the bill that would have imposed minimum standards of security on companies in the power, water, banking, transportation and communications industries, arguing that it was an unwarranted extension of regulation. Technology ...

Hopes fade for new cybersecurity law in 2012
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite growing concerns of the threat of cyber attacks, chances of a new U.S. cybersecurity law passing this year faded Thursday as Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would let the government and companies share information ... "(Congress) should offer businesses some legitimate carrots — and not use incentives as a thinly veiled way to regulate the business community," said Matthew Eggers, senior director of National Security and Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Chamber.

How the Experts Would Fix Cyber Security
Brvenik: Let's play it out for a minute that we launch a cyber attack at somebody and achieve our goal. We took no lives, risked no lives, and we are no longer worried about a weapon that can take many lives. I call that a win. And if the downside to that is that ...

Victory Over Cyber Spying | Electronic Frontier Foundation
By Rainey Reitman
Today's vote was one in which Senators were asked to sacrifice Internet users' privacy and civil liberties for weak proposals to improve cyber security; I voted no. ... Privacy · Cyber SecurityLegislation | CISPA, SECURE IT, Cybersecurity Act ...

Activist Post: 'Top Cyber Cop' Says Internet Way Overdue For Attack
By Activist
Shawn Henry, 24-year veteran of the FBI's cyber security division, stated that he is surprised a massive cyber attack hasn't happened yet, and feels it is "very very likely" that one is due to happen in the near term. In the CBS interview, Henry ...
Activist Post

Senator Mikulski: The Collins-Lieberman cyber security bill and NATO
By jim
But not only do I worry about an attack, I equally worry about our inertia, where we do nothing. I bring to the attention of the Senate and all who are watching that Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense, has called our cyber vulnerability our ...

Senate May Go on Break Without Passing Cyber Bill
By admin
The owners and operators of critical industries reported nearly 200 cyber intrusions in 2011, a nearly 400 percent increase from 2010, according to the Cybersecurity Act's main authors. U.S. companies lose about $250 billion a year due to ...
Claims Journal » News

Targetting Iran? The Mahdi malware mystery « IISS Voices
By IISS Voices
By Randolph Bell, Managing Director, IISS-US Over the past few weeks, Kaspersky Labs, a Russian cyber-security firm, has been releasing information on yet another in a string of cyberattacks aimed primarily at Iran. Unlike most similar stories, however, the so-called 'Mahdi' attackis about as simple as the fake Viagra ads in your spam…
IISS Voices

Security Is Not Just About Defense [Part Two] | SecurityWeek.Com
By Avi Chesla
Attack detection and blocking steps construe the traditional way of handling cyber attacks. Manyattack mitigation tools comprise an important phase in a business's cyber security defensive strategy; but how do you pivot and take steps that ...
SecurityWeek RSS Feed

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Dies in the Senate - Activists Claim Victory
By Drew Wilson
He stressed that the new legislation would enable the government to prevent an attack, not just respond to one, and said the FBI, DHS, Cyber Command and the NSA can unite as a team to do so. He said he believes the ... In recent months, members of the civil liberties and Internet freedom organization had sent more than 500000 emails to the Senate urging lawmakers to stand up for Internet freedom and privacy as they debated cyber-security bills. “There's a newly empowered base ...

Senate Fails To Approve Cyber Security Bill 2012 | IT Governance ...
By kwright
Whilst Armey General Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency and SS CyberCommand said that it was only a matter of time before the US suffered a huge cyber attack and that “On a scale of 1 to 10, US cyber defences are at a ...
IT Governance Blog on IT governance,...

Shashi Tharoor's speech at the International Cyber Security ...
By manu
And the whole idea of cyber security is about taking the responsibility to maintain and evolve what we are so dependent upon while protecting it from dangers. To be sure there will always be.... There is in fact now even something known as the Social Engineering attack where once hackers gain access to the social networking accounts of their victims, they patiently observe all the little details of those persons' lives and then get into action. Cyber attacks, to state the obvious, can be ...
Shashi Tharoor

As Cybersecurity Bill Fails In Senate, Privacy Advocates Rejoice ...
By Carl Franzen
“Tell the Senate to vote NO on the Cyber Security Act of 2012. Now.” Fight For the Future's Cheng said that the website, along with other online efforts by other advocacy groups, helped stop the bill, at least temporarily. “If you're going to have a ...
TPM News

Try Again Next Year: Cybersecurity Act Killed In Senate
By Dusten Carlson
The failure of the Cybersecurity Act, introduced by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), likely stalls any efforts toward cyber-security legislation for the rest of this year, notes The Hill. Any other attempts will likely be ...
The Inquisitr

SCADA Security Friday News & Notes for 3 Aug 2012
By Dale G Peterson
ICS Security News The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, S 3414, died in the Senate this week, although they could try again after the recess. No great loss. It wasn't going to pass the House, and it wouldn't have made a difference in ICS security. Jeffrey Carr over on the Digital Dao blog ...If even two of those four vendors are using ID as the main cyber security resource it would require serious growth, in the tens if not low hundreds of consultants and engineers. CBS News has a report on the ...
Digital Bond's SCADA Security Portal

UK leads global cybercrime fight – but problems still loom large ...
By servicedesk360
More than three-quarters of the worlds largest businesses are putting themselves at risk ofcyber-attack due to data leakage, according to consultant KPMG, however those in the UK appear to be better protected than many global counterparts. The study, which ... used to host websites. “Our findings send out a clear message to business – while the internet may be your shop window to the world – it can also be a substantial security risk as well,” says KPMG director Martin Jordan.

The Cybersecurity Act was a surveillance bill in disguise | Mark M ...
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, bipartisan legislation recently introduced by senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, failed to pass a key vote in the senate ...

Lieberman Worried That Cyber Attack 'Could Be Imminent'
Congress must pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 if the United States hopes to prevent a cyberspace version of the Pearl Harbor attack that could cripple key ...

cyber security - Google News

cyber warfare - Google News

cyber defense - Google News

US-CERT Cyber Security Tips

Cyber War News

Alive in the Cloud