Throughout the course of this year, cyber security policy has been a prominent issue in Congress. In both chambers, committees of jurisdiction have held hearings and considered legislation aimed at modernizing the nation’s protection capabilities against a cyber attack. When Congress returns after Labor Day, we fully expect cyber security to remain a central issue. Therefore, in the coming weeks, the Public Policy and Government Relations group at EAPD will be publishing a comprehensive analysis of the proposals pending before Congress. In the meantime, below is a brief summary of the current status of cyber security reform on Capitol Hill.
In the House, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). has chosen to defer legislation until after a 12-member GOP panel he appointed to review the Obama Administration’s cyber security proposal makes its formal recommendations in October. In the Senate, after much wrangling back and forth, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on July 28 that he will work with Senate Majority Leader Reid on comprehensive legislation they hope to have ready by the end of the year. As the House awaits the report by the cyber security taskforce and the Senate develops its own bill, committees of jurisdiction in both chambers will continue to hold hearings on this pressing issue. In fact, the Senate Judiciary Committee has already announced it will hold a hearing on September 7 to consider the nation’s cyber security policy and emerging threats.