Republicans eye comprehensive cyber security legislation

A high-ranking Republican member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is urging Congress to pass comprehensive cyber security legislation.

According to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the recent and highly sophisticated RSA breach is a clear sign that a new set of laws is “urgently” needed.

“The cyber attack [confirmed] by RSA underscores the serious and sophisticated cyber threat we face,” said Collins. 

“[As such], Congress needs to fundamentally reshape how the federal government works collaboratively with the private sector to address all cyber threats, from espionage and cyber crime to attacks on the most critical infrastructure. The need to pass comprehensive cyber security legislation is more urgent than ever.”

To illustrate her point, Collins emphasized that both the executive branch agencies and Congress are probed or attacked an average of 1.8 billion times per month.

So what type of cyber security legislation is Collins proposing?

Well, Collins and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) have (once again) submitted a bill which, if approved, would establish an Office of Cyberspace Policy under the president tasked with formulating “a national strategy to increase the security and resiliency of cyberspace.”

[Via The Hill]