Appearing on the C-SPAN program "The Communicators," White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt reiterated the Administration’s concerns with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that was recently passed in the house and promised the President would veto it if it crossed his desk in its current form. The Administration's concerns with the bill relate to how loosely worded it is, its lack of provisions to ensure privacy, as well as its amnesty provisions for companies that turn over user data to government agencies.
The bill was authored by Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), and passed last month in the House of Representatives. CISPA is just one of several cybersecurity bills that differs from bills in the Senate meant to deal with the threat of cyber attacks to U.S. government and corporate interests.
The White House favors the Senate bill that focuses on protecting critical infrastructure. It requires companies involved in the electric grid, transportation system, and other infrastructure to develop cybersecurity standards would need to be approved by the Department of Homeland Security. The bill dealing with those issues was written the Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman and ranking member, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
The Communicators airs Saturdays on C-SPAN at 6:30pm ET and Monday on C-SPAN2 at 8am and 8pm ET.