Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents [March 19, 2015] [open pdf - 208KB]
"Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Attacks have been initiated against individuals, corporations, and countries. Targets have included government networks, companies, and political organizations, depending upon whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomatic or industrial espionage, engaging in cybercrime, or intimidating political activists. In addition, national borders mean little or nothing to cyber attackers, and attributing an attack to a specific location can be difficult, which may make responding problematic. Despite many recommendations made over the past decade, no major legislative provisions relating to cybersecurity had been enacted since 2002. However, on December 18, 2014, in the last days of the 113th Congress, five cybersecurity bills were signed by the President. […] In April 2011, the Obama Administration sent Congress legislative proposals that would have given the federal government new authority to ensure that corporations owning assets most critical to the nation's security and economic prosperity adequately addressed risks posed by cybersecurity threats. This report provides links to cybersecurity legislation in the 112th and 113th Congresses."
CRS Report for Congress, R43317