As expected, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., announced Tuesday that he plans to introduce cybersecurity legislation that mirrors a bill in the House.
The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011 calls for more research and development for federal networks as well as more collaboration between the government and the private sector.
"Espionage, corporate sabotage, or attacks against this country must be taken seriously, even if these crimes are committed using a computer," Menendez said in a statement. "That's why I'm introducing this bill and working with my colleagues in the House to ensure we develop the world's highest caliber cyber security systems and develop iron-clad, 21st century network security safeguards."
Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., are planning to introduce an identical bill in the House.
The legislation gives the National Institute of Standards and Technology the authority to set security standards for federal computer systems; creates R&D grant programs; establishes a task force of government, academic and industry resources; and creates scholarship programs to educate more cybersecurity professionals.