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Whitehouse, Kyl Propose Compromise Cyber Bill

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Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are sponsoring a draft cybersecurity bill in hopes of reconciling dissenting opinions on the issue around Congress, The Hill newspaper reports.

The proposal would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to create a program that encourages but does not impose cyber regulations on companies in the critical infrastructure sector.

According to Brendan Sasso’s report, the White House supports a bill sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), which sanctions the Department of Homeland Security to assemble mandatory standards for critical infrastructure systems.

Under Whitehouse and Kyl’s proposal, companies reaching specific goals would receive liability protections, benefits in obtaining government financing and entitlement for technical cybersecurity support, Sasso reported.

Top military and civilian officials recently urged Senate leaders to bring cybersecurity legislation to the floor in hopes of speeding up the process.

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