Cybersecurity

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and other proponents are seeking a floor vote on his modified cybersecurity legislation before the August congressional recess which begins Friday, August 3. The goal of the measure is to prevent a cyber attack on U.S. infrastructure including its electric power grid which could allegedly lead to massive power outages, causing the closures of important societal and security elements in the United States such as hospitals and military bases. The compromise attempts to address the concerns of some conservatives of too heavy-handed regulation and violation of privacy rights in Lieberman's original bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has promised its consideration after floor votes on taxes and before the defense authorization bill. Joseph McClelland, Director of FERC's Office of Electric Reliability, was one of the witnesses to testify on the cybersecurity issue before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on July 17, 2012.