U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chair Pushes CISPA

Throwing out the specter of a new cyber threat from a country not usually associated with such activities, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chair of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, is making a final push to get the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act through the lame duck session of Congress by saying that this threat from an unnamed source is on the horizon. In a speech this week before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Rogers tried to play up the threat and claimed urgency for the adoption of CISPA or something like it.

"There was a very good meeting with some members of the Senate, some briefings on what appears to be a new level of threat that would target networks here from an unusual source that has some very real consequences if you are not able to deal with it," said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) during a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today. "Because of that particular brief, I think it rekindled peoples' interest in trying to get something done here in lame duck."

CISPA passed in the House earlier this year, but the Senate's efforts on a similar bill – Joe Lieberman's Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was shelved after it couldn't meet the required votes to overcome a filibuster. The president later vowed to take matters into his own hands by passing an executive order to authorize some sort of measures to protect "critical infrastructure" from cybersecurity threats. While the President said he would veto CISPA in its current form because it didn't deal with privacy concerns, he did support the Cybersecurity Act. Had that bill passed the Senate, both houses of Congress would have had to hash out the differences between the two bills in Committee.

While Rogers would like to see CISPA passed, he joined fellow lawmakers in knocking the White House's executive order on cybersecurity that is being floated around various agencies in Washington. He cited the White House's lack of outreach to Congress and the private sector in the crafting the order.

Earlier this week, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) co-author of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, called the executive order a "big mistake."

Source: Killer Apps

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