• Associated Press
The approach is similar to congressional legislation already in the works, but some criticized it as being too weak Thursday, while the business community said it preferred a voluntary program rather than government mandates.
Under its proposed legislation, the White House would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to work with industry to come up with ways to secure their computer systems and protect against cyber threats. If a company fails to do so, or comes up with an inadequate plan, DHS would be able develop its own security framework for that firm.
The proposals reflects the broad understanding that any more stringent regulatory system - such as the one that controls safety at nuclear power plants - would get little support, and business groups have been lobbying strongly for as much of a voluntary program as possible.
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