White House cyber czar stumps for comprehensive bill

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"Only providing incentives for the private sector to share more information will not, in and of itself, adequately address critical infrastructure vulnerabilities," Schmidt said.

"The American people expect the federal government to work with the private sector to ensure our critical infrastructure is protected."

The Senate is expected to take up comprehensive legislation in the coming weeks that would implement some network security regulations for critical infrastructure firms under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security.

The House has also begun movement recently on a package of cybersecurity bills, but the focus in the lower chamber has been mostly on incentives to encourage private firms to share information on threats and attacks with the government.

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