Summary Box: Experts Urge Stronger Cyber Regs

Published February 16, 2012 8:45PM (EST)

STRONGER, PLEASE: Cybersecurity experts are urging senators to close loopholes in legislation to give the government more power to force critical industries to make their computer networks more secure.

THE WORRIES: Two experts are saying the bill could allow many companies to avoid regulation entirely or drag out the process for up to eight years.

ABOUT THE MEASURE: It's intended to ensure that computer systems running power plants and other essential parts of the country's infrastructure are protected from hackers, terrorists or other criminals. The Department of Homeland Security, with input from businesses, would select which companies to regulate.

By Salon Staff

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