Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cyber Security Provisions of HR 1540

I’ve had a chance to review the Conference Report on HR 1540. There are three cyber-security provisions included in the revised language and the one chemical security related provision (Pakistani IED precursors) that I previously reported on has been removed. The three cyber-security provisions are (links to previous discussion provided):

§911 Harmful interference to Department of Defense Global Positioning System (it includes the stronger House language prohibiting the LightSquared deployment);

§953 Strategy to acquire capabilities to detect previously unknown cyber-attacks; and

§1090 Cybersecurity collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security

There will be no further changes to the bill (besides the inevitable technical correction) and it will almost certainly pass in both the House and Senate this week.

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