Cybersecurity bill not likely to pass this year – Homeland Security Newswire

Much of the critical infrastructures of developed nations like the United States depend on computer and network systems to operate and communicate. Hackers from rogue – and not so rogue – nations and those who hack for fun can get into some of these critical systems potentially causing a security threat to the country.

In an effort to give the president the power to combat any pending or existing cyber threat that could threaten critical infrastructure around the country, Congress and some lawmakers are looking to pass a new legislation that would give the president power to shut down some sections of the Internet during an attack or under the threat of an attack. Daily Tech reports that with the 111th congress ending in December, lawmakers do not expect to see any legislation on cyber security passed this year.