This should be the year that significant bipartisan progress is made on cybersecurity legislation, with new laws set to pass on issues ranging from data breach notification to sharing sensitive cyber intelligence between the public and private sectors. In fact, since President Obama and Republican congressional leaders can’t agree on much else, cybersecurity action is moving to center stage.
When President Obama delivers his seventh State of the Union address tomorrow night, cybersecurity plans will be one of many topics – but cyber action is at the top of a short bipartisan “to do” list.
While many other proposals that will be championed by the President, such as free community college tuition and higher taxes on the wealthy, have grabbed recent news headlines in the run up to the annual State of the Union address, most agenda items are thought to be dead-on-arrival because of Republican congressional opposition.
However, after years of disagreements and dashed expectations regarding cybersecurity legislation, Republicans and Democrats are finally promising to work together on cyber measures to provide additional online protections for Americans.