S.21 - Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011

A bill to secure the United States against cyber attack, to enhance American competitiveness and create jobs in the information technology industry, and to protect the identities and sensitive information of American citizens and businesses. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: A bill to secure the United States against cyber attack, to enhance American competitiveness and create jobs in the information technology industry, and to protect the identities and sensitive information of American citizens and businesses. as introduced.
  • Popular: Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011 as introduced.

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wgroth2 05/04/2011 10:32am

As I reread the bill text as it is now, it is, on the whole, a serious and responsible bill. More detail is needed before we can make a determination on whether or not to support this bill.
Section 3.2 is this most toublesome. What is meant by “incentivizing”? Will there be mandates to comply with? meaning, Will the Givt incent us by threatening to fine us or throw us in jail?
Much more info needed.

wgroth2 04/14/2011 2:44pm
in reply to SherlockHolmes67 Feb 09, 2011 3:56pm

Not sure I follow this. Where did you get this information? Its not in the Bill as posted. I read through it and the word “emergency” does not even appear in the text. But perhaps I am missing something. Is there more to this bill somewhere else?

wgroth2 04/14/2011 2:41pm

The bill itself is pretty innocuous on the face of it. But the devil is in the details. There are several good things that could come of it and a host of bad things. Good things include more infra. investment for public networks, better coordinating with the private sector. Bad things include onerous new regulations related to cyber-security. (We do not need any more paperwork!) Also, citizens privacy is being listed LAST, which tells you something. My fear is that this is used to assault our rights much like the Patriot Act did. At this point I neither support or oppose it until more details are provided.

SherlockHolmes67 02/09/2011 3:56pm

Not satisfied with seizing control of the Internet through
the Federal Communications Commission, Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid has now re-introduced the Cyber Security Act of
2011 (S.21), which would grant the Department of Homeland
Security sweeping and far-reaching powers to regulate,
ration, and restrict the Internet during times of emergency.

What constitutes an “emergency”?

fakk2 02/03/2011 11:34am

So, this bill does nothing as wrote, which makes me wonder WTF are they thinking trying to pass legislation which makes vague references to “protecting and increasing the resiliency of United States’ critical infrastructure and assets, including the…financial sector, and telecommunications networks against cyber attacks and other threats and vulnerabilities”. This rings mighty close to the cyber security act they tried to pass last congress, which mandated the President could declare a “cyber emergency” at will, which would then force all “critical infrastructure” to comply with a “collaborative emergency response and restoration plan” that would last however long the President wanted it to. I just don’t like the idea of turning private companies like Apple/Microsoft or Verizon into quasi public utilities.


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