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Revised Cybersecurity Emergency Bill

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Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W. VA), has written a revised draft of the proposed cybersecurity bill. The bill had initially caused alarm among interested parties due to language allowing the President to shut down the Internet in the case of a cybersecurity emergency. The current draft still gives the President the ability to declare a cyber emergency as well as the right to alert in the event of cyber attacks.

President Obama will be allowed 180 days to develop a cybersecurity plan after the passing of the bill. Earlier drafts allowed for one year.

The latest draft still has its critics who feel the bill grants the President too much power by allowing him to shut down private networks and imposing government security and technical configurations on the same.

Language in the revised version gives the President the power to take action based on, “strategic national interests involving compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or networks“¦ [leading to] direct the national response to the cyber threat.”

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