Lawmakers say cybersecurity is a top priority in 2011 – NextGov

Cybersecurity will be a top priority for the Republican-led House in 2011, but it is unknown when Congress will act on legislation to revamp an outdated federal cyber law, say aides to incoming GOP leaders.

Details likely will emerge when Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the new vice chairman of the Armed Services Committee, speaks early in the next Congress about defending cyberspace, say information security experts. On Dec. 15, Speaker-designate John Boehner, R-Ohio, tapped Thornberry “to lead an initiative on cybersecurity that cuts across committee lines.” Thornberry aides declined to comment on his agenda this week.