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Experts urge stronger cyber regulations

2012-02-17 07:28

Washington - Cyber security experts are urging senators to strengthen legislation that would give the US government some ability to force critical industries to make their computer networks more secure.

Two leading experts are saying that loopholes in the bill could allow many companies to avoid regulation entirely or drag out the process for up to eight years before they'd have to actually improve their computer security.

The legislation would limit the number of industries subject to the regulations to those where a cyber attack could cause an extraordinary number of fatalities or a severe degradation of national security.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on the legislation. The experts' warnings were contained in testimony prepared for the hearing.

Comments
  • morwen.fourie - 2012-02-17 11:52

    And you need legislation to be passed in order to do this???? DUH- it should be common sense!

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