Originally published: January 31, 2012
Last updated: January 31, 2012 - 10:07pm
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) pressed his colleagues to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation immediately.
Chairman Rockefeller has worked with Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and ranking member Susan Collins (R-Maine) to craft a bipartisan compromise that would task the Department of Homeland Security with ensuring critical infrastructure firms take measures to safeguard their networks. The Senate is expected to begin debate on the Rockefeller-Lieberman-Collins proposal in the coming days after spending years raising awareness and forging bipartisan agreement on the issue. But late resistance from federal IT contractors and some Republicans has jeopardized the success of the effort.