3. Cyber Legislation Gains High Profile
Government efforts to protect the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattack took center stage in 2012. The Lieberman Collins Bill was shot down in the Senate on Aug. 2 along party lines, but the debate continued for the remainder of the year and is certain to spill over into 2013. Intended to stimulate investment in cybersecurity R&D, better protect critical infrastructure, define public/private cooperation and grant authority to the Department of Homeland Security to lead the government's cybersecurity efforts, the legislation was widely opposed by the Republicans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and privacy advocates who claimed that the bill placed too much regulatory authority in the hands of the government. Proponents of the bill claim that the terms were necessary to protect the nation's critical infrastructure and computer networks.