Cyber compromise bill swaps mandates for incentives

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and bipartisan co-sponsors have reintroduced compromise cybersecurity legislation in what they call a “good faith effort to secure enough votes to address the immediate threat of attack from foreign nations, hacktivists, criminals, and terrorists against the nation’s most critical cyber systems,” reports GCN, a sister publication of Defense Systems.

The revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 relies on “carrots rather than sticks,” offering limited liability for organizations that share cyber threat information with government and relying on incentives for voluntary compliance rather than mandatory security standards for critical infrastructure. the story said.
The bill also would amend the Federal Information Security Management Act, putting a greater emphasis on continuous monitoring of government IT systems, the story said.
“While the bill we introduced in February is stronger, this compromise will significantly strengthen the cybersecurity of the nation’s most critical infrastructure and with it our national and economic security,” Lieberman said in a prepared statement.

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