Cybersecurity: Top Government Priority for 2011

According to an article in NextGov, cybersecurity will be a top government priority in 2011.  According to GOP aides, cybersecurity will be a strong focus, but it is unclear when legislation to update outdated cyberspace laws will be enacted.

Details may come out when Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the new vice chairman of the Armed Services Committee, speaks early in the next Congress.  According to the article, on Dec. 15, Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) asked Thornberry “to lead an initiative on cybersecurity that cuts across committee lines.”

From the article:

Jim Langevin, D-R.I., co-chairman of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, expressed disappointment when lawmakers removed the federal cyber provisions from the defense policy bill and said he will push for passage in 2011.

“Our government is under attack every single day in cyberspace, yet we lack the coordination and strategy to properly defend ourselves or operate efficiently online,” he said. “While there are many important provisions for the Department of Defense cyber efforts in this bill, the DoD already has the assets to begin addressing this crisis. The real challenges lie in securing our federal networks and developing a real comprehensive policy for addressing transnational threats as well as engaging international partners.”

For a list of top security threats being faced by the government, check out our prior post here.


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