[AfrICANN-discuss] the cybersecurity act of 2012

Jean Robert Hountomey jrhountomey at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 19:21:59 SAST 2012

*Senators Unveil Cybersecurity Bill to Empower Homeland Security *

A bipartisan group of senators representing three committees on Tuesday 
introduced long-awaited cybersecurity legislation, a comprehensive bill 
that would give the Department of Homeland Security new authorities over 
critical private-sector infrastructure and seek to encourage the sharing 
of information about threats and attacks between government and industry.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 would direct the Department of Homeland 
Security to work in concert with industry members and relevant 
government agencies to conduct a series of risk assessments and 
determine which private-sector firms would be deemed to operate "covered 
critical infrastructure," a crucial designation that would determine 
whether a private-sector entity could be subjected to new regulatory 

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