Even cyber defense is not immune to politics

A White House spokeswoman has warned Congress not to resort to "half measures" to address cybersecurity, a shot at a bill introduced by GOP senators, The Hill reports.

Republicans, led by Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), introduced their cybersecurity bill as an alternative to a measure backed by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), which is on a fast-track to a vote in the full Senate. Unlike the Lieberman-Collins legislation, the Republicans’ measure would not give the Homeland Security Department the power to require critical computer systems to meet certain security standards, the article said.

"Legislation to address our national security needs must include tools for our government and private sector cybersecurity professionals to ensure the nation’s critical infrastructure is protected while preserving the privacy and civil liberties of our citizens, such as those included in the administration’s proposal last May and in the Lieberman/Collins...cybersecurity bill," said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, the story said.

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