House bill would give DHS authority over private sector networks

"This bill will provide the DHS with the authority and resources needed to adequately protect our Nation’s cyberspace and infrastructure," Clarke said in a statement. "I believe the security of our cyber infrastructure is connected to our national security. This bill will protect our country from a growing risk of ‘hacks’ and better allow the Department to fulfill its duties of protecting our nation.”


Cybersecurity legislation is likely to be a tough sell during the lame duck session, particularly in the Senate where there is opposition to concentrating more authority in the hands of the Department of Homeland Security. However, Thompson's bill is close enough to the Senate Homeland Security bill in its intent that some sort of compromise may be possible if Senate Majority leader Harry Reid elects to bring the matter to the floor before adjourning next week.