April 25th, 2012
05:20 PM ET
The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy on Wednesday recommending that the president veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act should it pass Congress. The House is scheduled to take up the bill Thursday with a final vote on Friday.
Sponsored by chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers, CISPA would broaden the intelligence community’s ability to share classified information about threats to the nation’s cyber security with private businesses or other non-governmental parties.
Supporters of the bill claim that it would help businesses defend themselves from cyber attacks, limits the government’s ability to force company’s to hand over private information and helps to minimize the government’s intrusion into the internet.
The administration primarily took issue with the bill’s lack of privacy protections. In a statement, the Office of Management and Budget argued that language in the bill “effectively treats domestic cybersecurity as an intelligence activity and thus, significantly departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres.”
Here’s more from the veto threat: FULL POST
May 12th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In reaction to ever increasing attacks of cyber crime across the country, the White House today laid out its plan to protect U.S. citizens and the country’s critical infrastructure.
On a conference call with reporters, a senior White House official said cyber crimes have increased “dramatically” over the last several years and admitted that “the nation cannot fully defend against these threats unless certain parts of the cyber-security laws are updated.”
The proposal, the culmination of two and a half years of work, was done in consultation with cyber-security experts, privacy advocates, private industry and businesses, and officials from across the DOJ, DOD, DHS, and the Commerce Department.
“There’s a lot of smart people working in this,” the White House official said.
The plan was delivered to Congress today, is described by administration officials as “pragmatic and focused,” and aims to improve cyber-security for the American people, the country’s critical infrastructure, and the Federal Government’s own networks and computers.