Bill Would Put DHS in Charge of All Civilian Computer Networks



New legislation expected to be introduced today would give the Homeland Security Department broad new authorities and powers over federal civilian networks.

The bill, however, does not include a “kill switch” for private sector networks, as widely reported previously.

The legislation, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, sponsored by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), would move the responsibility of civilian agency cybersecurity to DHS from the Office of Management and Budget, according to a summary of the bill obtained by Federal News Radio.

The responsibility to develop, oversee and enforce IT security throughout the federal government would fall to a new office in DHS, the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications. A director confirmed by the Senate would lead the NCCC.

via Federal News Radio 1500 AM: Bill would put DHS in charge of all civilian networks.

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