The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was revised by five senators on July 20, which shows some similar provisions that were announced earlier in the bill’s conception. Federal officials have been increasingly more concerned with the threat of the nation’s cyber security and this bill is intended to lessen the threat of hackers and narrow the amount of information that can be shared between companies.
Students earning a cyber crime degree or online cyber crime degree may be affected by the bill, which is a top priority for the Obama administration. Students interested in protecting the nation’s databases should learn how new bills, like this one, will improve the country’s security. The revised version was created by five senators, four of which were involved in creating the former bill that received a fair amount of criticism.
This new bill has improvements, but some technology companies are concerned the act will give too much authority to federal agencies like the National Cybersecurity Council. The council is granted with the final authority over future cyber security standards. It decreased the amount of information that is able to be shared with civil agencies, according to Center for Democracy and Technology cited by CIO. It also limits the information to be shared only for security reasons, protecting against serious threats posed to children, or against death or serious injury to people.
"This bill would begin to arm us for battle in a war against the cyber mayhem that is being waged against us by our nation's enemies, organized criminal gangs, and terrorists who would use the Internet against us as surely as they turned airliners into guided missiles," Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said in a statement. "The nation responded after 9/11 to improve its security. Now we must respond to this challenge so that a cyber 9/11 attack on America never happens."
While threats to personal computers poses a security issue, a priority has been put on the possibility that a virtual terrorist group could exploit military computers. This bill will further protect against vulnerabilities against a cyber attack to federal databases. Having this essential security means sharing information within the government and private sectors, which has been agreed upon by the White House bill and a GOP bill, according to The Washington Post.