Obama Pushes Cyber Bill

Business groups object to the potential cost of Senate measure.

The Obama administration will provide U.S. lawmakers with a classified briefing today on the threat posed by computer attacks as a draft Senate cybersecurity bill faces resistance from business groups over its potential cost.

The legislation is aimed at compelling operators of vital infrastructure, such as utilities and phone carriers, to boost cyberdefenses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business lobbying group, urged lawmakers this week to delay consideration of the bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to bring to the floor by Feb. 17.

‘Bigger Deal’

Thornberry said company executives responsible for critical infrastructure need to make network security a “bigger deal,” and said the government can assist companies in certain ways, including by sharing threat data.

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