A Maryland senator introduced legislation this week that would require the development and adoption of minimum cybersecurity standards to protect Americans from cyber crime and terrorism.
The Internet and Cybersecurity Safety Standards Act, crafted by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., would require the federal government and industry to collaborate to develop minimum Internet standards for users of computers and other devices that connect to the Internet. In addition, Internet services providers and others would also have to develop and enforce minimum cybersecurity standards.
“Just as automobiles cannot be sold or operated on public highways without meeting certain minimum safety standards, we also need minimum Internet and cybersecurity safety standards for our information superhighway,“ Cardin said in a statement.
The senator last year chaired a subcommittee hearing titled “Cybersecurity: Preventing Terrorist Attacks and Protecting Privacy in Cyberspace,” which reviewed governmental and private sector efforts to prevent a terrorist cyber attack that could cripple large sectors of the U.S.government, economy, and essential services. The hearing also included witnesses from federal agencies responsible for cybersecurity, as well as representatives from industry.