Cyber legislation stuck in stalemate

Monday - 6/11/2012, 9:22am EDT

Cybersecurity legislation, which looked like a sure thing just a couple of months ago, is stuck in stalemate.

Two competing bills disagree over how much Homeland Security should dictate cyber standards to the private sector, The Hill reports.

Now two senators have proposed a compromise bill. The Hill reports, Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse and Arizona Republican Jon Kyl are circulating a third bill they hope fills a middle grown acceptable to both sides.

Their bill would put DHS in charge of a program to encourage, but not require, private sector operators of critical infrastructure to improve their cybersecurity.

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