Reps. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.,introduced industry-friendly cybersecurity legislation on Tuesday that mirrors a bill championed by Republicans in the Senate.
The proposals are a response to White House-backed cybersecurity legislation that Republicans say relies too heavily on government regulation.
"The Bono Mack-Blackburn legislation is a good step forward in the right direction because it puts the private sector in the driver's seat, instead of relying on overly prescriptive government mandates that hamper growth and weaken response capabilities," Blackburn said. "Incentive-based security works better than heavy-handed mandates."
The bill would help companies and the government share information with each other; provides liability protection for companies that seek to secure their networks; and increase criminal penalties for cybercrime.
In February leaders of several Senate committees introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which has the backing of top Senate Democrats and the White House. But Republicans complained they were left out of the process and criticized the bill for including government regulation.
Those Senate GOP critics then introduced their SECURE IT Act, which leaves out government oversight in favor of incentives. The House bill is almost identical to that bill, except for some technical changes.
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