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U.S. Senators Pushing Another Cybersecurity Measure

Bill would add protections for utility systems

Thursday, February 16, 2012
U.S. Senators Pushing Another Cybersecurity MeasureThe latest bit of cybersecurity legislation from top lawmakers would add significant protections for water and power systems across the U.S., which typically do not have strong security measures in place.

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Democratic Sens. John Rockefeller and Dianne Feinstein, Republican Susan Collins and right-leaning Independent Joe Lieberman would require the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to require infrastructure for U.S. utility systems, according to a report from Reuters. Hackers have been targeting major corporations and other high-profile targets, and the fear is they might turn their attentions to utilities, which are typically using only the simplest security measures.

"The prospect of mass casualty is what has propelled us to make cybersecurity a top priority for this year, to make it an issue that transcends political parties or ideology," Rockefeller told the Senate earlier this week, according to the news agency.

Ondrej Krehel, chief information security officer for Identity Theft 911, has a blog that's updated regularly with information about the threats hackers pose not only to companies, but to consumers as well.

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